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01/11/1997

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Rybkin Parrots Chechnya Warning

The Yeltsin government's security chief, Ivan Rybkin, has added his voice to concerns over the likelihood of Chechnya's secession from Russia expressed by Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov. Moscow must ""put brakes on that possible way of development of the Chechen republic,"" Rybkin told Interfax. Primakov warned senior government ministers Thursday that a real danger existed that ""Chechnya, de facto and de jure, will secede from Russia."" He said that Russia should take action to prevent or cushion such a development. The comments by two of Russia's top officials reveal concerns at the highest level over the likelihood that Chechnya will become independent in fact, even if Russia never consents to its legal independence.

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