Russians outraged over U.S. interview

July 30, 2005 at 9:25 AM
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MOSCOW, July 30 (UPI) -- Russian officials said Saturday they are outraged over an interview this week with Chechen rebel leader Shamil Basayev on an ABC News program.

The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned a senior U.S. diplomat in Moscow to express its "strong indignation over the Thursday broadcast," the BBC reported.

During the "Nightline" interview, Basayev admitted taking part in the 2004 raid on a school in Beslan, but said the Russians were also terrorists.

Basayev, Russia's most wanted man, also warned of further Beslan-type attacks.

More than 340 people were killed, at least 172 of them children, when Russian security forces stormed hostage-takers at a school in Beslan, North Ossetia, on Sec. 3, 2004.

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