Head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov has criticized the leadership of Ingushetia for what he sees as inadequate activity in combating terrorism.
Kadyrov said in a statement posted on the Chechen government website that he was perplexed to hear head of Ingushetia Yunus-Bek Yevkurov say that "Chechen security forces did not conduct any special operation on the territory of Ingushetia" and that the death of three militants in the village of Galashki was a result of an accidental explosion.
Kadyrov insisted that an operation in Galashki was conducted by a group of operatives formed by the Chechen leadership and the people killed there "were known as especially dangerous criminals."
The head of Chechnya said he "will not let thugs rest in a border area unpunished, make sorties to Chechnya, in which people are killed, and then stay in bed in Ingushetia again."
"We are not going to endlessly play into the hands of those who only pretend to combat the Wahhabites and try to drive a wedge between our peoples," Kadyrov said.
He called on the Ingush leadership "to address their own problems, especially considering that there are enough of them."
"Its [the Ingush leadership's] deliberate or subconscious actions prompt us to further build our relations in line with the Russian Constitution and common practice of territorial separation between the country's constituent members," Kadyrov said.
"Yevkurov might not want consolidation and brotherly relations, but these principles are sacred to us, and therefore we will determine the borders and demarcate them where they are supposed to be historically and in line with Russian law," Kadyrov said.
"I can say with all responsibility that not a single square meter of primordial Ingush land will be left within Chechnya's territory," he said.
Kadyrov insisted that anything should be done so that "the Ingush and the Chechen peoples not only preserve the bonds of centuries-long friendship but also strengthen them."
Interfax has yet to obtain the Ingush leadership's comments on this statement.
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