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DATE=10/20/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=RUSSIA / CHECHNYA (L) NUMBER=2-255275 BYLINE=EVE CONANT DATELINE=MOSCOW CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Russian President Boris Yeltsin, recovering from a recent bout of influenza, summoned top security officials to his country residence to discuss Russia's next move in the breakaway region of Chechnya. V-O-A Moscow correspondent Eve Conant reports military officials vow to wipe out Islamic militants in Chechnya's capital, Grozny, but say there will be no full scale attack on the city. TEXT: President Boris Yeltsin met with top security officials as well as his defense, foreign and interior ministers to determine Moscow's next moves in Chechnya. No details of the meeting were immediately available. It is not clear whether Russian troops will simply fortify their positions to the west and north of Chechnya's capital, Grozny, or if they will try to storm the city. The first deputy chief of Russia's armed forces, General Valery Manilov, told reporters Wednesday there will be no frontal attack on Grozny, but said Russian forces will destroy Islamic militants in the capital. ///Act Manilov in Russian in full and fade under/// "If there is a need to move into Grozny," he says, "it will only be done under certain conditions to minimize casualties among our troops and among civilians. But," he adds, "Grozny will be freed from the terrorists." Officials said Russian warplanes continued bombing raids in the region Wednesday. Chechen military sources also reported clashes with federal troops near the Terek River, which divides the region between the Russian-controlled north, and Chechen-controlled central and southern regions. (Signed) NEB/EC/GE/JP 20-Oct-1999 09:58 AM EDT (20-Oct-1999 1358 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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