Russian Foreign Ministry

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Russian officials are outraged that ABC TV aired an interview with a notorious Chechen militant.

The Foreign Ministry says it won't renew accreditation for ABC workers as they expire. The decision effectively bars ABC employees from working in Russia.

And a statement from the ministry says the network will be considered "undesirable" for contacts with all government agencies.

Officials say the interview contained "direct vocal calls for violence against Russian citizens."

The Chechen (Shamil Basayev) has claimed responsibility for some of Russia's most terrifying attacks, including the seizure of a school. More than 330 children and adults died in that attack.

In the interview, the Chechen said he's plotting more attacks.


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