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DATE=10/1/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=US/CHECHNYA WARNING (L/S) NUMBER=2-254564 BYLINE=NICK SIMEONE DATELINE=STATE CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The United States is again raising its concerns with Russia about its military actions against breakaway Chechnya. Correspondent Nick Simeone reports the Clinton Administration is growing increasingly concerned about the possibility of an all out invasion by Moscow to crush Islamic militants. TEXT: Washington is again trying to send the message to Russia that another full scale war in Chechnya will only lead to greater instability in the region. State Department spokesman James Rubin: /// RUBIN ACT /// We're trying to explain to them what we think would be a negative direction that they're heading down and the dangers of that negative direction. /// END ACT /// Moscow blames Chechen-based rebels fighting for an independent Islamic state for invading the neighboring republic of Dagestan -- and for a series of deadly terrorist bombings in Moscow and other cities that followed. Washington supports Russia's stand against terrorism but believes another invasion of Chechnya - three years after Russian troops withdrew in defeat - is not the right approach. /// REST OPT FOR LONG /// Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott says Russia must show both restraint and wisdom in the coming days. Spokesman Rubin says this is the key point: /// SECOND RUBIN ACT /// What that means is taking actions against real terrorists but not using indiscriminate force that endangers innocents or resuming the disastrous 1994-96 war in Chechnya. /// END ACT /// In recent days, tens of thousands of refugees are have fled to the adjacent region of Ingushetia to escape Russian air attacks. (SIGNED) NEB/NJS/JO 01-Oct-1999 15:49 PM EDT (01-Oct-1999 1949 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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