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Leading Russian MP Talks Down Medvedev Approval Of Bin Ladin Killing

Moscow, 11 May: Russia still has many questions about the circumstances of the killing of Al-Qa'idah leader Usamah Bin-Ladin, the head of the Russian State Duma Committee on International Affairs, Konstantin Kosachev, said in an interview with RIA Novosti on Wednesday. (Passage omitted)

On Wednesday 11 May, Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev made his first public comments on the killing of the Al-Qa'idah leader, saying that the destruction of terrorists, including Bin-Ladin, had a direct impact on security in Russia because Al-Qa'idah was still sending emissaries to Russian territory.

Speaking of the Russian president's reaction, Kosachev said that "from that comment ... (agency ellipsis) one could draw the conclusion that Russia still has many questions about the circumstances of the operation (to kill Bin-Ladin)".

Kosachev also noted that "the president was not commenting on the circumstances of the operation itself". "I do not think that this was accidental either because there are very many questions about the circumstances," he said.

He added that these questions concerned the absence of coordination between the American and Pakistani authorities and the problem of appropriateness of the use of force.

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