Publication: North Caucasus Weekly Volume: 3 Issue: 15

On May 25, the Washington Post reported that a few hours after his joint news conference with President Putin in Moscow following their recent summit, President George W. Bush, “gave a speech at the U.S. ambassador’s residence upbraiding Russia for its handling of the Chechnya conflict. “The experience in Afghanistan has taught us all that there’s lessons to be learned about how to protect one’s homeland and, at the same time, be respectful on the battlefield,” Bush told a group of religious, media and human rights figures. He urged that Russia adopt “a society ruled by law, not by special privilege.”