- Title: RUSSIA: DUMA DISCUSSES CEASEFIRE IN BOSNIA
- Date: 6th October 1995
- Summary: MOSCOW, RUSSIA (OCTOBER 6, 1995) (REUTERS TELEVISION - ACCESS ALL) 1. GV/SV DUMA (LOWER PARLIAMENT) IN SESSION (7 SHOTS) 0.38 2. SCU DUMA CHAIRMAN IVAN RYBKIN TALKING ABOUT THE CEASEFIRE AGREEMENT, WELCOMING THE MOVE, BUT CRITICISING THE UNITED NATIONS (RUSSIAN) 1.27 3. CUTAWAY OF CAMERAMAN 1.30 4. SV EXTREME NATIONALISTS VLADIMIR ZHIRINOVSKY DESCRIBING THE AGREEMENT AS THAT PUT TOGETHER BY BANDITS (RUSSIAN) 1.50 5. SV WOMAN SPEAKING ON MOBILE PHONE 1.56 6. SV CHOICE OF RUSSIA DEPUTY SERGEI YUSHENKOV WELCOMING THE AGREEMENT, AND THE FAILURE OF THE DUMA TO PASS A VOTE CALLING FOR THE LIFTING OF SANCTIONS (RUSSIAN) 2.10 7. SV MEDIA 2.12 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
- Embargoed: 21st October 1995 13:00
- Location: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Reuters ID: LVA8DSY7H89YGFX5C9T76LLJS6AA
- Story Text: The Chairman of Russia's Duma (Lower Parliament) Ivan Rybkin on Friday (October 6) welcomed the United States-brokered ceasefire agreement, describing it as a positive announcement.
Speaking in the Duma lobby Rybkin at the same time blamed the United Nations for passing in its peace enforcement duties to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).
NATO have no mandate for any actions he said, adding that any "irresponsible steps" might make the situation worse.
Rybkin also stressed that sanctions were badly affecting not only the former Yugoslavia but also many outside countries involved. Russia has repeatedly called for the lifting of sanctions against Serbia, a traditional ally of Russia.
Russian ultra-nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky described the ceasefireagreement as a "bandit-type deal", saying the United States President Bill Clinton was simply posing as a peacekepper to try to win the next presidential elections.
Deputy of the democratic faction "Choice of Russia" Sergei Yushenkov said he hoped for peaceful solution of the conflict. He also said he was happy the Duma had not so far voted to lift sanctions against former-Yugoslavia.
During the morning the Duma failed, by 50 votes, to pass a motion calling for an end to the sanctions.
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