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Russian official blasts poisoning theory

Dec. 17, 2004 at 4:11 PM

MOSCOW, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- A senior Russian official Friday dismissed claims that Russian Special Forces may have tried to poison Ukraine opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko.

Sergei Mironov, the chairman of the Federation Council, the upper chamber of the Russian parliament, dismissed as absurd a theory about the possible complicity of Russian special services in the poisoning of Yushchenko, the Ukrainian presidential candidate, Interfax news agency reported.

"Those who say this should look around themselves more attentively and think about a lot of things before pointing at someone else," Mironov told journalists.

Commenting on reports by U.S. media outlets that Ukraine could rapidly go through the NATO admission procedure if Yushchenko wins the presidential elections, Mironov said he doubted that the Ukrainian people "are dreaming to see themselves in NATO."

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