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FOREIGN MINISTRY ON CHECHEN NUCLEAR THREAT ALLEGATIONS

RIA Novosti

MOSCOW, February 8 (RIA Novosti) - Moscow does not believe that Chechen militants possess a nuclear device or that they could commit an act of nuclear terrorism, a commentary by the Russian Foreign Ministry's information and press department states in response to Boris Berezovsky's allegations that Chechen militants have nuclear weapons.

Some media bodies have recently voiced different threats regarding Russia, the document goes on to state.

The Foreign Ministry mentioned British television's channel four, which recently aired an interview with terrorist Shamil Basayev, who threatened to perpetrate new Beslan-type terrorist acts on Russian territory.

"London political émigré Boris Berezovsky is now scaring us with some portable nuclear bombs allegedly owned by Chechen militants. We get the impression that similar 'horror stories' will appear in the future as well, aiming to instill the feeling of vulnerability and nervousness in Russia," the Foreign Ministry noted.



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