Chechen PM backs reduced Russian troop presence

August 9, 2006 17:52

The prime minister of Chechnya's Kremlin-backed government on Wednesday praised Russian President Vladimir Putin's proposal to reduce the number of Russian soldiers in the republic. Putin ordered the government last week to develop a plan for reducing the use of their forces in Chechnya over the next two years. Russia has an estimated 24,000 troops permanently stationed in Chechnya.

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