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Tuesday, September 14, 2004
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Russia blasts EU for reaction on school siege

Moscow - Russia on Saturday described as "blasphemous" a request by the European Union for an explanation to the bloody end to a mass hostage seizure at a school by Chechen gunmen.

In a statement in the name of the presidency of the 25-nation EU, Dutch Foreign Minister Bernard Bot said on Friday that all countries should work together to stop such tragedies.

"But we also would like to know from the Russian authorities how this tragedy could have happened," he added.

The Russian Foreign Ministry reacted with outrage.

"Mr Bot's elaborations are an absolute contrast with the wide international support and solidarity with Russia in these tragic days," the ministry statement said.

"Inappropriate statements by the Dutch minister look odious... and blasphemous," it added. "We expect explanations from the Dutch side."

The EU-- so superior to the US and now, the Russians.

You have to credit the Russians. They won't take stuff from anyone. 
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