Moscow links Chechnya with Baltics

  • 2003-11-13
  • By Ahto Lobjakas, RFE/RL
PRAGUE - At this week's EU-Russia summit in Rome, Moscow responded to criticism over human rights in Chechnya by drawing explicit parallels with the situation of Russian-speaking minorities in Estonia and Latvia. President Vladimir Putin accused the EU of double standards on human rights and rejected criticism over the handling of the Yukos affair, saying it is in full conformity with the core Western value of the rule of law.An EU official who asked not to be named told RFE/RL that the bloc made its traditional request of having the joint summit declaration refer to the situation in Chechn...
 
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