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A man must live like a great brilliant flame and burn as brightly as he can. In the end he burns out. But this is far better than a mean little flame.
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A sense of proportion and humanitarian action are not issues for terrorists. Their aim is that of killing and destroying.
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A total of 1,580 people, the civilian population, suffered as a result of the bloody wave of terrorist acts that swept over Moscow and other towns and villages of our country.
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Europe has found itself confronted with fresh challenges - challenges of a global character, the nature of which is directly connected with changes in the international climate and the difficulties of seeking new models for co-operation.
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I am not just unsatisfied, I am outraged by the course of reform in the army and the state of the military altogether.
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I refer to calls for humanitarian intervention in the affairs of another state - a new idea, this - even when they are made under the pretext of defending human rights and freedoms.
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I understand that it's hard for everyone, but one cannot give in to emotions... we'll have to draw lessons from the current crisis and now we'll have to work on overcoming it.
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I would like to stress here that a lasting peace in the Chechen republic and so-called peace talks with the bandits are not the same thing, and I would ask everyone to make no mistake about that.
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International terrorism is throwing down a challenge, and not just to Russia.
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It is especially important to encourage unorthodox thinking when the situation is critical: At such moments every new word and fresh thought is more precious than gold. Indeed, people must not be deprived of the right to think their own thoughts.
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It looks as if some people either have a short memory and are forgetting about that time and the events that occurred then.
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Let's not talk about Communism. Communism was just and idea, just pie in the sky.
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My soul aches when I think about hungry soldiers, unpaid officers and their families, who have been suffering for years without a home of their own.
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Oh, where is the poet or bard who will compose an ode to Russian rumours? Thanks to the chronic shortage of truthful (or even false) information, our people live on rumours.
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One could see that what you are writing was that today's meeting with President Bill Clinton was going to be a disaster. Now, for the first time, I can tell you that you are a disaster.
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Russia also declared its independence. This was approved by the Supreme Soviet, and you know and remember that there was the Declaration on the Independence of Russia.
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Russian soldiers are fulfilling their duty there in extremely difficult conditions, and people still die and suffer.
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Such dangers as breach of strategic stability, transnational crime and the spread of nuclear weapons are at this time topical for all European states.
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The flames of an armed mutiny have not yet been put out in the Chechen republic.
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The most important thing is that Milosevic agreed to sit at the negotiating table with the Kosovo Albanians.
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There are numerous bugbears in the profession of a politician. First, ordinary life suffers. Second, there are many temptations to ruin you and those around you. And I suppose third, and this is rarely discussed, people at the top generally have no friends.
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There were no strategic mistakes that could affect Russia's history and it further development. No, there were no such mistakes. Tactical errors were made in some less significant options, problems and so on. But, on the whole, Russia embarked on a correct path and it changed.
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Thousands of mercenaries, who have trained in camps on the territory of Chechnya as well as come in from abroad, are actually preparing to impose extremist ideas on the whole world.
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Today is the last day of an era past.
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We all have an equal interest in stability and security throughout Europe. The years the OSCE has existed, and particularly this year, have given rise to great expectations and at the same time to powerful disappointments.
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We are grateful to those who at difficult times showed solidarity with us, with what the people of Russia are going through, and still are doing so.
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We are well aware from which countries and through which countries the terrorists are receiving support. In the immediate future I shall be calling upon the leaders of these states to put a stop to this kind of activity.
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We can be proud that this is being done peacefully, without revolutions and coups.
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We don't appreciate what we have until it's gone. Freedom is like that. It's like air. When you have it, you don't notice it.
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We want peace and a political solution to the situation in Chechnya.
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We, Russia, are prepared to work with others. I am convinced that stability and security in Europe cannot be considered without taking Russia into account.
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While maintaining our nuclear potential at the proper level, we need to devote more attention to developing the entire range of means of information warfare.
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You can build a throne with bayonets, but you can't sit on it for long.
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You can make a throne of bayonets, but you can't sit on it for long.
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You have no right to criticise Russia over Chechnya.
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Your commanders have ordered you to storm the White House and to arrest me. But I as the elected President of Russia give you the order to turn your tanks and not to fight against your own people.
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