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Security Council To Discuss Yeltsin Trip To Chechnya

Moscow, May 20 (RFE/RL) -- A planned trip by Russian President Boris Yeltsin to Chechnya is expected to top the agenda when the Russian Security Council convenes on Wednesday. The news comes today from our correspondent in Moscow who spoke with Yeltsin officials.

The Russian president yesterday reiterated his plans to visit the Caucasus republic to jump start peace talks with the separatists. He also said he would travel, despite what he said were assassination attempts being plotted against him by Chechen fighters.

Chechen separatist leader Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev said his forces will not mount any operations against Yeltsin if he visits Chechnya. But he said he could not guarantee the safety of the Russian president.

Chechen rebel spokesman Movladi Udugov told RFE/RL by phone today that the separatists had detained an alleged Russian spy. Udugov said the military intelligence officer had been ordered by his superiors to frame the Chechen fighters by making it look as if any assassination attempt was carried out by them and not the Russian secret services.

There has been no comment on Udugov's statements from Russian officials.