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Russia’s Envoy to OSCE Protests the European Protection of Terrorist Mastermind Chatayev

July 2, 2016 (EIRNS)—The head of the Russian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE PA), Nikolai Kovalev, said today that the jihadist massacre at the Istanbul airport on June 28 could have been prevented if the member countries of the OSCE had cooperated with Russia on countering terrorism and had extradited Chechen terrorist Ahmed Chatayev as Russia requested, reported Sputnik today.

"Everyone is currently expressing condolences to Turkey for the terrorist attack that occurred.... We also sympathize, as what happened was terrible. But let’s look at what is objectively happening—Russia has been requesting extradition of the terrorist attack organizer for some 13 years. We had all the opportunities to prevent the terrorist attack in Istanbul. The only thing needed was to cooperate,"

Kovalev said.

Kovalev especially stressed, as the briefing reported yesterday, that Chatayev was given political asylum in Austria after claiming he had been tortured in a Russian prison.

On Jan. 29, 2016, Russian anti-terrorist officials put out a public warning that Chatayev and other ISIS cells were planning terrorist attacks in Russia and Europe. The West’s ignoring of the Russian warning parallels the Obama Administration’s dismissal in 2013-14 of Russian intelligence reports warning about Boston marathon bomber, Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

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