WEAPONS FOR ALBANIANS

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WEAPONS FOR ALBANIANS

Russian Television, Vesti, May 8, 1999, 00:05

Russian special services have prevented an attempt by the Kosovo Liberation Army to buy a large batch of weapons in Russia through a false company based in a European country. According to Interfax, there is a report that the Albanians are supported by certain military advisors.

CHERNOMYRDIN LEAVES FOR EUROPE

Russian Television, Vesti, May 8, 1999, 14:00

Victor Chernomyrdin has decided to keep his plans unchanged. On May 8 he left for Bonn to meet with the German government, the German Chancellor, the permanent UN representatives in the Balkans, the former Prime Minister of Sweden, and the Foreign Minister of Slovakia.

There has been another twist to the crisis in Yugoslavia, due to the bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade. But Chernomyrdin has not cancelled his visit to Europe. In Bonn he will discuss the details of a peaceful settlement to the crisis, and the details of the agreement worked out by the G-8 countries. The fact that Russia has signed this document does not mean that Yugoslavia will accept it. Borislav Milosevic, Yugoslavian ambassador to Russia, has stated that there was no official reaction by Belgrade to the G-8 plan. It is possible that the president of Yugoslavia will express his opinion after meeting with Chernomyrdin.

STATE OF EMERGENCY AT CHECHEN BORDER

REN TV, Novosti, May 7, 1999, 14:40

On May 7 Ramazan Abdulatipov denied reports of night skirmishes between gangs in the center of Grozny. He believes that a meeting between the Russian and Chechen presidents is necessary. He also stressed that there are all preconditions for establishing a state of emergency at the border with Chechnya. It would provide for the security of the public and the frontier guards.

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