Officialson both sides of the conflict said they would like talks to resumeeven as they suggested that the violence in Argun could lead toa resumption in the war. Chechen military leader Aslan Maskhadovblamed Moscow for what had taken place and said if it were repeated,"we will be forced to move our volunteers into the mountainsand prepare for military action." Russian officials triedto put a more optimistic face on the situation: Yeltsin’s presssecretary Sergei Medvedev told Moscow media that he did not thinkthe violence in Argun presaged "the start of a major waragain." Meanwhile, Russian official declared an all-pointsbulletin for the arrest of Shamil Basayev and 18 of his men whoparticipated in the Budennovsk hostage-taking in June, Russianradio reported August 21.
Failure to Pay Soldiers "Shaking the Whole Army."