§ Mr. Worthington
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what communications he has had from the Chechen Republic in Russia about the state of relationships with Britain, the reasons for changes and any consequent actions by the Chechen Republic.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
We have no direct relations with the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation, nor have we received any communication from it recently. However, I understand that it issued a public statement on 5 May denying Chechen involvement in the murder of Karen Reed and suspending links with Britain.