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Gorbachev urges Chechnyan special status

Gerald Nadler | NY | October 11

AP – President Vladimir Putin should grant Chechnya special status within Russia to end a decade-long insurgency, although some Western countries would like to see Moscow trapped in the “Chechen quagmire” for years, former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev said on Monday.

“The crisis in Iraq has been a lesson, and I believe that lesson has been learned by both the United States and all of us,” the 73-year-old said at a breakfast attended by journalists. “That lesson is that unilateral action is really not the way to go, is really not the way forward.”

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