KEY [RUSSIAN] LEGISLATOR WARNS OF ROLE OF 'OUTSIDE FORCES' IN HUNGARIAN PROTESTS.
State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Konstantin Kosachyov told Interfax in Moscow on September 19 that the situation in Hungary is "disturbing because political disputes have once again turned into an open violent confrontation" (see "RFE/RL Newsline," September 19, 2006). He called on the government to "alleviate complaints" by the opposition, which he asked to refrain "from any use of force, including steps to seize the television headquarters and other buildings." Kosachyov argued that "it is exceedingly important" to stop unnamed "forces abroad" from taking advantage of the tensions. "All external factors, including assessments of the 1956 events, ought to be excluded from this situation," he added. Other Russian commentators have suggested that there are "two Hungaries," namely one with ties to the West, and the other, primarily in the business world and with close ties to the governing Socialists, with Russia. PM
See also: Hungary Revolt: Background