Russian FM denounces Nato Council statement on Chechnya

MOSCOW, December 16 (Itar-Tass) - "Domestic problems of the Russian Federation have never been and will not be a subject of our dialogue with other countries, and especially not with NATO," says a report of the information and press department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, received by Itar-Tass on Thursday, which deals with a statement of the Brussels meeting of the NATO Council on the developments in the Northern Caucasus.

The statement, adopted on Wednesday by foreign ministers of the NATO member states, is "meaningless, unacceptable and deeply immoral," the Russian Foreign Ministry believes. The "didactic inspiration" of the NATO document creates "a strong feeling of unreality."

The Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that those people, who not so long ago were launching cruise missiles at targets in the Balkan Peninsula, from the Adriatic Sea to Bulgaria, who dealt "pinpoint blows" at international TV centres and foreign embassies, who used cassette bombs against columns of refugees returning to Kosovo, "just to make sure," are now holding forth about the alleged violation of human rights in the process of the anti-terrorist operation in Chechnya. Those people destroyed bridges over the Danube River together with Belgrade residents, who hoped that the "live shield" would stop NATO pilots.

One cannot but be taken aback by the cynicism of those "crocodile tears" shed in Brussels, where foreign ministers of NATO countries met, the report says.

The section of the final communique of the NATO Council on the developments in the Northern Caucasus is full of phrases, which are reminiscent of information wars, about some "ultimatum" to Grozny residents, and about the "excessive use of armed force". The Russian Foreign Ministry stressed in this connection that "domestic problems of the Russian Federation have never been and will not be a subject of our dialogue with other countries, and especially not with NATO."

The Foreign Ministry believes that "there is no need to repeat the well-known stand of the Russian leaders about the resolute struggle against gangsters and terrorists in the Northern Caucasus."

In this situation the question arises: why those people, who quite recently said that "the international law is obsolete" and the U.N. Charter and documents of all-European forums "are not mandatory," are now holding forth about "rules of international conduct" and the "need for a selective use of highly precise weapons"?

The words about the readiness to restore constructive relations with Russia, included in the statement of the Brussels meeting of the NATO Council, do not look serious, the report of the Russian Foreign Ministry says.

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