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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kurdish Rebel Sought

MOSCOW -- Russia will attempt to verify whether Kurdish separatist leader Abdullah Ocalan is on its territory after Turkey asked for him to be handed over, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Friday.

The spokesman, Vladimir Rakhmanin, said that Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov had received a letter from Turkish Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz alleging that Ocalan had entered Russia. Primakov had ordered Russian law enforcement agencies to verify the reports in the letter, and Russia will inform Turkey immediately of the results of its investigation, Rakhmanin said.