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The Khasavyurt peace accords of 1996, under which the Chechen leadership at that time committed to disarming the bandit groups and establishing order in its territory, were in fact used to prepare an armed expansion. The result was an act of open aggression by international terrorism against Russia. In August 1999, well-armed bands of mercenaries trained in the camps invaded the territory of the Republic of Dagestan. Their purpose was to detach a portion of Russian territory from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea to create a World Arab Caliphate, an idea born in the depths of al Qaeda.

It must be recognized that in the three-and-one-half years since the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., the world community has done a great deal to establish effective partnership in countering international terrorism. An international antiterrorist coalition has been formed. The role of the United Nations and its Security Council has increased, and in our opinion these organizations can and must become the primary bodies uniting the efforts of all countries of the world in the fight against terrorism.

As for Russia, as President Vladimir Putin has declared, we consider the task of strengthening the antiterrorist coalition to be among the most important tasks it faces. Our position is well known: The time has come to reject double standards with regard to terror, regardless of the slogans behind which it might take cover. Those who killed the children in Beslan and seized the planes for the attacks on the United States are entities of the same breed. The provision of asylum to terrorists, their accomplices, and their sponsors in violation of agreements that have been made undermines the unity and mutual trust of participants in the antiterrorist front, serves as justification for the terrorists’ actions, and in fact encourages them to commit the very same crimes in other countries. Attempts to use the struggle against terrorism for various types of geopolitical games are even more counterproductive and dangerous. Any concession to terrorists is a signal that they can achieve their goals and an incentive for them to commit new crimes.1

The inhumanity of the recent terrorist acts speaks of the need to ensure reliable guarantees that terrorists will not be able to gain access to weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Russia is prepared for the closest international partnership on this question. Our country is one of the initiators of UN Security Council Resolution 1540, a participant in the Proliferation Security Initiative, and a coauthor of the G-8 action plan on nonproliferation. In our view, strict and unwavering fulfillment by all countries of their obligations under the relevant


For example, on March 11, 2004, approximately 200 people were killed in a series of bombings in Madrid. More than 1,800 people were injured to varying degrees, and as another result of the bombings, a new government also came to power two weeks later. The terrorists instantly connected these two events. Later, after a hostage was seized, Spain removed its military forces from Iraq. The terrorists again announced their achievement, and the number of seizures of hostages from other countries increased many times over.

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