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Russia slams Germany for failure to arrest Chechen rebel envoy

Russia slammed Germany for failing to arrest Chechen rebel envoy Akhmed Zakayev, who is on a visit to Berlin for meetings with German politicians. Russia has passed on a request via the Russian office of Interpol asking Germany to arrest and extradite Zakayev, whom Moscow considers a terrorist. “To what extent are certain states which belong to this police organisation respecting their obligations?” Sergei Yastrzhembsky, a top aide of President Vladimir Putin, asked. “If they continue to act in this way, then the existence of Interpol will be in doubt,” he added, as quoted by the Interfax news agency. Alexander Yakovenko, spokesman for the Russian foreign ministry, also criticized authorities in Berlin, though in less strident tones, saying Germany should instead be making contacts with pro-Moscow Chechen figures. Full Story

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