Vladimir Zorin, Minister of Nationalities Policy, believes that theproposal of Anatoly Kvashnin, head of the General Headquarters of theRussian Armed Forces, on a possible withdrawal of the federal forces fromChechnya is timely. Earlier, Kvashnin proposed to withdraw the federaltroops from those districts of Chechnya where local administrationsguaranteed security in their districts. "However difficult the situation inthe republic is, we can state that Chechnya has entered a stage ofpost-conflict settlement", Zorin stressed at a press conference in Moscowtoday. The current moment requires "new approaches in the tactics andstrategy", the Minister noted..
Russian President Vladimir Putin, in his speech dedicated to the Day of the Russian Navy, recalled the threats that Russia is currently facing from a number of countries.