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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chechen Independence

MOSCOW -- Chechen leader Aslan Maskhadov said Wednesday that he will reassert Chechnya's claim to independence at an upcoming meeting with Russian President Boris Yeltsin.

Maskhadov refused to elaborate, saying only that after the meeting, "ordinary people both in Russia and in Chechnya will breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that war shall not be repeated."

No date for the meeting has been set, but both Russian and Chechen officials said the sides were working to arrange it.

Maskhadov declared that Chechnya would never abandon its independence claims, Interfax reported.