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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Khasbulatov Denounces Yeltsin-Dudayev Meeting

Ruslan Khasbulatov, the speaker of the former Supreme Soviet and bitter political foe of Boris Yeltsin, scorned the idea of a meeting between the president and the leader of the breakaway Chechen republic, Dzhokhar Dudayev in a newspaper interview Wednesday. "No kind of talks and negotiations between Yeltsin and Dudayev will change the attitude of the people to either one or the other. Both of them should resign. And as soon as possible," Khasbulatov, who is himself a Chechen, told Nezavisimaya Gazeta. Recently Kremlin spokesmen have said that Yeltsin may be prepared to meet Dudayev, the air force general who declared the Caucasian republic independent from Moscow in 1991. In a television interview on Sunday Sergei Shakhrai, the former nationalities minister, suggested that Yeltsin and Dudayev might be being drawn together, now that Khasbulatov, an enemy of both, had reappeared on the political scene. Khasbulatov, who was jailed for the part he played in the violence in Moscow last October, returned to a hero's welcome in his native Chechnya when released in February and was greeted by many as the leader of the opposition to Dudayev. But Khasbulatov, who is now back in Moscow teaching, dodged the question of whether he wanted to resume his political career in Wednesday's newspaper interview. Dudayev's government hailed Khasbulatov as a national hero when he was jailed and restored him the Chechen citizenship of which it had stripped him.