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UPDATE: ABC's accreditation in Russia will not be renewed - Russian Foreign Ministry

MOSCOW, August 2 (RIA Novosti) -ABC TV's accreditation in Russia will not be renewed after it expires, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

The move followed the American company's broadcasting of an interview with Chechen terrorist Shamil Basayev on July 28.

"Considering all the circumstances of the interview with Shamil Basayev, who has been generally acknowledged as a terrorist, such as the obvious fact of contributing to terrorist propaganda and calling for violence against Russian nationals, Russia has decided to deny the company further accreditation," the ministry said.

The Foreign Ministry's information and press department also said any contact between ABC and Russian state departments and organizations was undesirable.

Moscow stressed that Andrei Babitsky, a staff correspondent with the Svoboda radio station, interviewed the terrorist in violation of Russian legislation without being duly authorized.

"The circumstances of the arrangement of the interview still need to be clarified with the employer," the ministry's statement said.

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