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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Officials To Finish Aid Plan

Chechen national security adviser Akhmed Zakayev flew to Moscow on Friday to finalize details of an economic aid package from Russia that is likely be signed next week, Interfax reported.


Zakayev was to meet with Ivan Rybkin, Security Council Secretary and presidential envoy to Chechnya on Saturday, Viktor Medveditskov, deputy to Rybkin told Interfax. He would also meet with Sergei Stepashin, head of the Government Administrative Department on Friday evening, Interfax said, quoting a Russian government source.


On the table is a draft of a deal on future economic relations between Chechnya and Russia, the source said. The deal will include financing for pensions and salaries in the war-torn region, an agreement to reopen Grozny's civilian airport and mutual security measures, Chechen Vice-Premier Movladi Udugov told Agence France Presse on Thursday.


Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin and his Chechen counterpart Aslan Maskhadov are expected to sign the deal next week, Rybkin said Wednesday. It is not clear when or where the two will meet, but the Russian prime minister may travel to Grozny for the signing, Itar-Tass reported Friday.


The deal was "90 percent concerned with economic issues," the government source told Interfax. "The sides plan to declare that the use of force is unacceptable and that all problems should be solved exclusively in a peaceful way."


Udugov said that Zakayev would be agreeing on the final text of the agreement. He would also raise the question of the withdrawal of the last two Russian brigades from Chechnya, Itar-Tass said.


The agreement, if signed, will be temporary, valid until a new government takes over after elections Jan. 27. Russia is expected to begin negotiations on long-term relations once there is a formally elected leadership in Chechnya.