Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky on 18 September called for
Moscow to take "a leading and aggressive" role in the
antiterrorist campaign alongside the U.S. and Europe, RTR television
reported. Indeed, Yavlinsky said, Russia should not wait for an
American decision on what to do but help prepare joint actions,
because such participation is in Russia's national interests.
Another advocate of expanded cooperation on this point is Sergei
Karaganov, the head of the Foreign and Defense Policy Council.
During an interview on Ekho Moskvy radio on 17 September, Karaganov
said that "Russia has no choice but to cooperate" with
Washington lest it be left out in the cold. At the same time,
Karaganov continued, because "our support could cost us more
than anybody else, we must demand certain concessions from the
West," including on NATO expansion and refinancing Russia's
of terror in the US
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