Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov and US State Secretary Colin Powell discussed in a telephone conversation the situation around the extension of the mandate of the OSCE Assistance Group to Chechnya.
The Russian Foreign Ministry Information and Press Department said on Saturday that during the phone talk the day before Colin Powell expressed his condolences in connection with the death of people as a result of a "cruel terrorist act" in Grozny, particularly stressing the necessity to join hands in combating terrorism.
Igor Ivanov said the Russian side was "ready for a corresponding dialog and cooperation with international organizations, but they must have a clear-cut position as regards Chechen terrorists."
"Russia and Turkey - From Cooperation to the Union. Why not? " - new article written by a well-known entrepreneur, politician (formerly a member of the Federation Council from Krasnodar and a PACE member), public figure Farhad Akhmedov - was published this week in several leading Russian media, and it claims to be a sensation which highlights various essential issues.