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RFE/RL: GEORGIAN MINISTERS MEET WITH CHECHEN VICE PRESIDENT

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  • Norbert Strade
    RFE/RL Newsline 3.9.1999 GEORGIAN MINISTERS MEET WITH CHECHEN VICE PRESIDENT Minister of State Vazha Lortkipanizde and Georgian Intelligence chief Avtandil
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 3, 1999
      RFE/RL Newsline 3.9.1999

      GEORGIAN MINISTERS MEET WITH CHECHEN VICE PRESIDENT

      Minister of State Vazha Lortkipanizde and Georgian Intelligence chief
      Avtandil Ioseliani met on 31 August in Tbilisi with Chechen Vice
      President Vakha Arsanov, who is recuperating in Tbilisi from spinal
      surgery, Caucasus Press and Interfax reported on 2 September. The talks
      focused on allegations made by Arsanov last week that Russian special
      services are recruiting Chechens who will be sent to destabilize
      Georgia's Black Sea autonomous republic of Adjaria in order to create a
      pretext for Russian military intervention there. Arsanov said the
      Chechen leadership will do all in its power to thwart those plans.
      Speaking at a press conference in Batumi on 31 August, Adjar Supreme
      Council Chairman Aslan Abashidze downplayed Arsanov's statement,
      commenting that Russia has no interest in destabilizing the situation in
      his republic, according to Caucasus Press. LF

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