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by MIKHAIL CHERNOV Europe also wants to introduce foreign armies into Chechnya. Strangely enough, the proposals of Europeans coincided with the explosion in the Moscow metro. This week the European parliamentaries launched one more initiative in support of the Chechen insurgents. Almost a quarter of the deputies of the European parliament signed the petition demanding to withdraw the Russian troops from Chechnya and to establish an interim UN administration in this republic. As a matter of fact, the European legislators supported the so-called "peace plan" which was put forward by the leader of the Chechen terrorists Aslan Maskhadov. The statement of the deputies of the European parliament hasn't any legal force, however, according to the experts interviewed by RBC daily, it reflects the strengthening of the anti-Russian vector of the European foreign policy. The activization of the Europeans on the Caucasian direction and their support of the actions of the Chechen insurgents against Russia are caused by the fact that the dependence of the European Union on deliveries of gas and petroleum from Russia and from the countries of the CIS doesn't suit the states of the EU, first of all Germany and France. Berlin and Paris want to get a direct access to oil-and-gas resources of the Caspian region. The experts interviewed by RBC daily consider that the Europeans incline to the "military solution of the problem of hydrocarbon supply". The occasion for the intervention can become the expansion of the Chechen conflict and military actions of federal forces to suppress the bandit military formations. For this reason the European Union is interested in the indirect support of the subversive terrorist war against Russia. The statement in support of the Chechen bandits has been signed by 145 European parliamentaries representing all the spectrum of political parties of Europe. The "peace plan" supported by the Europeans, provides, as a matter of fact, the separation of Chechnya from Russia and the transfer of the territory of the republic under the foreign sovereignty. The statement has been signed by many influential deputies of the European parliament, including Emma Bonino, former European Commissioner, Renzo Imbeni, Vice-president of the European Parliament, David Martin, Vice-president of the European Parliament, Gerard Onesta, Vice-president of the European Parliament, Doris Pack, President of the Delegation for Relations with the countries of south-east Europe, Michel Rocard, former Prime Minister of France, Ursula Schleicher, President of the Delegation for relations with the countries of the south Caucasus, Bart Staes, President of the EU-Russia parliamentary co-operation Committee and others. "From the legal point of view, the value of the document signed by the European parliamentaries is insignificant. It is no more than a personal opinion of the deputies who signed it", RBC daily was told by the chairman of the committee of the State Duma for foreign policy Konstantin Kosachev. Meanwhile, the action of the European parliamentaries indicates a strengthening of the anti-Russian vector in the foreign policy of the European Union. In the recent past, the European politicians more often publicly demonstrated their disrespect for Russia. We'll remind that last week, on the invitation of the deputy of Bundestag, speaker for foreign policy questions of the Social-Democratic Party of Germany Herd Weiskirchen, the emissary of the Chechen insurgents Akhmed Zakaev visited Germany. According to observers, the personal representative of Aslan Maskhadov "was warmly welcomed in Germany". "There are influential circles in the West which don't want Russia to win this war. Many of them regard Russia hostilely and negatively, and want to achieve the independence of Chechnya. They use their best efforts to restore the international legitimacy of the Chechen insurgents. In many countries of the EU it is seriously believed that the more strong is Russia, the worse it is for Europe", the expert of the influential German society of foreign policy Alexander Rar told RBC daily. It is interesting that the amplification of the "peace-making activities" of the Europeans frequently practically coincides with serious terrorist acts in Russia. The capture of hostages at Dubrovka "was synchronized" with the Chechen congress in Copenhagen organized by the insurgents and the Danish authorities. Today's "initiative" anticipated the bloody terrorist act in the Moscow metro. It is remarkable that the president of Russia Vladimir Putin hinted at such connection today. "It isn't the first time when we come across the synchronization of the crimes perpetrated in Russia and the appeals from abroad to negotiations with terrorists", the head of the state said to the journalists. In opinion of experts, the deterioration of relations of Russia and Europe is caused by the objective reasons. "Moscow and Washington squeeze out the European leaders - Germany and France - from the post-Soviet space. There is a very tough "dispute" between Russia and the USA for the control over hydrocarbonic resources of the countries of the former USSR. Bur both Moscow and Washington converge that there isn't a place for Europe here", the head of the service for strategic planning of the Association of frontier cooperation Alexander Sobyanin told RBC daily. At the same time, in his opinion, "Europe continues to depend on deliveries of petroleum and gas from Russia and from the post-Soviet space". Such state of affairs does not suit the "German-French locomotive" of the European integration. "The global tendency is bound up with the establishment of not economic, but direct military control of the territories which have rich resources. The EU perfectly understands it, but till now Europe doesn't participate in the big game and risks "to drop out" of the process", Mr. Sobyanin considers. Today Europe, first of all Germany and France, already actively involves its armed forces outside the European Union. German and French troops participate in the peace-making operations in Afghanistan and Africa. Alexander Sobyanin doesn't exclude that the intrusion of Europeans to Caucasus and to Russia is a matter of the near future. For this reason Europe seeks to retain the "Chechen center of tension".

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