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09/29/1999

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Russia Takes Leaf Out of NATO's Book

Russia's military leaders have a simple explanation for the bombs raining down on Chechnya. They say they are copying NATO's air campaign against Yugoslavia. From the fiery explosions at the Chechen republic's oil refineries to the attacks on the television station in Grozny, Russia's generals say they are taking their cues from NATO's tactics in the Balkans. Colonel General Anatoly Kornukov, the commander of the Russian air force, even gave a NATO-style briefing Saturday. Waving his pointer, he narrated combat videos of Russian airstrikes against Chechen targets, evoking comparisons in the Russian press to NATO's commander at the time of the Kosovo campaign, General Wesley Clark. But while NATO's 78-day air campaign forced Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic to withdraw his troops from Kosovo, military experts in Moscow do not expect an easy victory.

Space Agency Selling Time Shares in Orbit

The Russian Space Agency, which turned the Mir space station into a cash cow by selling missions on it to other countries, is now negotiating to sell some of its quota of missions on the new International Space Station. Russian officials say the money will be used to finish their sections of the station. Yury Koptev, general director of the Russian Space Agency, or RKA, said the agency was in talks with the European Space Agency and Japan's space program to have their astronauts sent to Russia's part of the new station. The Europeans and the Japanese have their own slots, but only on the parts of the station they are building. A deal with Russia would let them get to the station before those sections are sent into space - and support the faltering Russian contribution, which has been plagued by delays. ""We are negotiating both with the Europeans and Japanese because they would like to fly before their infrastructure is deployed,"" Koptev said in a recent interview.

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