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    MOSCOW, FEBRUARY 12, RIA NOVOSTI - Russia and the USA cling to shared stances on the anti-terror cause, says Mikhail Margelov. He leads the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Federation Council, Russia's upper parliamentary house.

    Alexander Vershbow, US Ambassador to Russia, has highlighted a link between Chechen terrorism and the Al-Qaida. "Unlike the European Union, the USA remains at one with Russia in stances on key anti-terror issues, including what the Ambassador terms 'the Chechen movement' and post-Soviet Muslim countries' modernisation drive," Mr. Margelov said, by way of comment.

    After an appalling blast in the Moscow metro, February 6, President Vladimir Putin said Russia was firmly determined to carry on its combat on terrorism, stressed the Senator.

    "The Russian top has never doubted international terrorist involvement in Chechnya. It repeatedly offered irrefutable proof of Chechen rebel connection with international terrorist centres, which unblushingly carry on their activities in Europe's principal metropolitan cities and elsewhere," he added.

    Another evident conclusion can be drawn from Mr. Vershbow's statement-as they recently received Ahmad Zakayev, Chechen separatist emissary, German MPs were shaking hands with an Al-Qaida envoy, said Mikhail Margelov.

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