Germany’s Foreign Ministry claimed yesterday that it had received assurances from the Russian government that federal forces would observe the recently brokered cease-fire in Chechnya. A German diplomat sent to Moscow reported meeting with three Russian deputy foreign ministers and a deputy defense minister. They reportedly confirmed a pledge from Russian foreign minister Yevgeny Primakov that Moscow would seek a political solution to the Chechnya conflict under the aegis of the OSCE. (Reuter, August 22)
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