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Kadyrov: We Fight U.S, British Special Services in Mountains

MOSCOW. Sept 24 (Interfax) - Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov believes the U.S. and British special services are involved in the destabilization of the situation in the Caucasus and promises to neutralize the bandits who still remain in Chechnya in the nearest future.

"The West is interested in separating the Caucasus from Russia. The Caucasus is a strategic frontier of Russia. Taking the Caucasus away from Russia will mean taking half of the country away from Russia. Now they are sending groups of foreigners to us. We are fighting U.S. and British special services in the mountains," Kadyrov said in an interview with the newspaper Zavtra (the transcript of the interview was published on the Chechen president's and government's websites on Thursday).

Kadyrov believes terrorists are not fighting against him or traditional Islam, but against the sovereignty of the Russian state.

"Putin united Russia, took it out of chaos, removed Berezovsky, Gusinsky, Khodorkovsky. He took everything away form them. Did they forgive him? Now a new strike is being delivered against Putin, against Russia. Chechnya and Dagestan are weak, vulnerable links of the Russian state," Kadyrov said.

Kadyrov said many Chechens have settled in Europe, Turkey, and Georgia, and some of them are recruited by terrorists.

"It won't work. We know everything about them, we have information on the location of their caches and bases," Kadyrov said, adding that he needs 1-1.5 months to destroy them. "We are preparing to conduct an
operation in the mountains in several days. We are meeting with law enforcement officials and developing a strategy," he said.

Kadyrov believes U.S. and British special services are involved in the destabilization of the situation in the Caucasus.

"Of course. There was a terrorist named Chitigov, he worked for the CIA. He had U.S. citizenship. He was a brigadier general under Khattab. When we destroyed him - I led the operation then - we found an American driving license on him, and his other documents were American," Kadyrov said.

"A dialogue with terrorists is possible when you are able to prove to them that you are stronger than them," Kadyrov said. "Then you can tell them: we will bury you or put you in jail, or, if the court finds no blood on you, you will walk free," he said.

Kadyrov believes Chechens are partially responsible for starting the war in Chechnya because "rapists, terrorists, and militants came from among us."

However, Kadyrov believes the main responsibility for starting the war rests with the administration Russia had at that time.

"It's the fault of then-administration: Yeltsin, Berezovsky, they unleashed the war. It wasn't the Russian people, but those who made politics, destroyed the Soviet Union and wanted to destroy Russia. It's our common trouble and our common blame. This evil policy was developed by very clever and very evil people, and the people did not realize right away that it was evil. We are now dealing with the consequences of this catastrophe. If we don't help ourselves, no one will help us," Kadyrov said.

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