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Alarmed Putin Calls for Retaliation

Tuesday, 11 September 2001 12:00 AM

It is the same Vladimir Putin who has been resisting Bush's entreaties to go along with his efforts to provide a nuclear-defense shield to protect America and its allies, as well as Russia, against a nuclear strike from terrorist-supporting rogue states such as Iran and communist North Korea.

This is the same Putin who has been approving Russian exportation of nuclear technical assistance to Iran and the sale of advanced arms to communist China.

It is also the same Putin who has been driven up the wall by what he regards as "Chechen terrorists," against whom he has applied, with little result, the full weight of the Russian military might.

The Putin who is speaking out now is the one asks not for whom the bell tolls, for he knows it can toll for him and for Russia.

This is not mere rhetoric, for Putin has now placed his own military forces on high alert.

The Agence France-Presse news service reported that Putin on Tuesday, in the wake of terrorist assaults upon the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, has sent a telegram to Bush, saying:

"The series of barbaric acts directed against innocent people fills us with indignation and revolt.

"Such inhuman acts must not go unpunished."

Later in a televised address to the Russian people, Putin called upon the world to unite to combat the threat of terrorism, "the plague of the 21st century."

The recent terrorist strikes against America are "an unprecedented aggression by international terrorism" that "go beyond the borders of the United States," Putin said. "This is a challenge to the whole of humanity."

He added that the attacks underlined "the relevance of the Russian proposal to unite efforts to fight terrorism."

According to news services reporting from Russia:

Putin then called an emergency meeting of his "power ministries," including foreign, interior and defense, and the head of the domestic intelligence agency to receive his "special instructions."

This was followed by a Russian air force announcement of a series of emergency anti-terrorist measures to protect Russian air space.

"The Russian anti-aircraft defenses are constantly on a state of war readiness," an air force spokesman said.

Forces of the Russian interior ministry were placed on a state of alert. Security was reinforced around key sites across the country. Russia grounded all air departures to the United States.

Currency-exchange agencies in Moscow were refusing to accept U.S. dollars, as cashiers said they had been ordered not to accept American money, which until now has been eagerly accepted throughout Russia as a safe investment.

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