Akhmadov spoke at a Washington briefing today that was sponsored by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. He has spoken to a number of Washington organizations over the past two weeks in an effort to present what he says is the truth about the situation in Chechnya. He had sought a meeting with a senior U.S. State Department official. The U.S. however, reiterated that it does not recognize a Chechen government. It sent a staff member from its Russian Desk to meet Akhmadov at a Washington hotel last week, and officials made clear that the U.S. viewed Akhmadov as a Russian citizen, not a diplomat. Akhmadov said today he understood the U.S. approach because of what he jokingly referred to as Chechnya's scandalous and difficult status.
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