Monday, 07 May 2001

RUSSIAN TROOP WITHDRAWAL ON HOLD

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By empty (5/7/2001 issue of the CACI Analyst)

Russian Defense Minister Ivanov said in Khankala on 4 May that Moscow has no plans to withdraw any further servicemen from Chechnya at present. To date, 5,000 out of a total of 80,000 Russian troops have left Chechnya, according to DPA. Ivanov said that although the army has "carried out its main task" in Chechnya, it will now assist the FSB in "neutralizing" Chechen field commanders.
Russian Defense Minister Ivanov said in Khankala on 4 May that Moscow has no plans to withdraw any further servicemen from Chechnya at present. To date, 5,000 out of a total of 80,000 Russian troops have left Chechnya, according to DPA. Ivanov said that although the army has "carried out its main task" in Chechnya, it will now assist the FSB in "neutralizing" Chechen field commanders. Patrushev commented the same day that there are no longer any "large" Chechen military formations, but that individual field commanders continue organizing "acts of sabotage and terrorism that alarm the population and create problems for federal troops."(RFE/RL)
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