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    EU'S CRITICISM OF MOSCOW BECAUSE OF CHECHNYA NOT ALWAYS JUSTIFIED

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    MOSCOW, February 12 (RIA Novosti) - The criticism of Russia's "Chechnya policy" on the part of the European Parliament is often conditioned by insufficient knowledge of the subject, believes Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov.

    Speaking before the members of the State Duma international committee, the minister said he does not believe such statements are "a deliberate anti-Russian action." "Somebody acts deliberately, but many deputies just don't have enough information," the minister said.

    In Ivanov's opinion, only cooperation between different departments and structures, through active efforts, can change such an attitude toward Russia.

    "I don't think diplomacy alone can fulfill this important mission," the minister said.

    In his opinion, the creation of an objective idea of a new democratic Russia, is possible with the help of representatives of civil society, due to expanding contacts. Ivanov said the Russian foreign ministry intends to contribute to expansion of youth exchanges, contacts between the scientists of different countries.

    "We have a big reserve for joint work," Ivanov stressed. In his words, mass media, non-governmental organizations and parliamentarians must take part in such work.

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