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Russia opposes attempts to politicize Olympics
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Russia opposes those attempts to politicize the Beijing Olympic Games by making use of the Tibet issue, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement published on its website Monday.

"Attempts to politicize the conduct of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in China are unacceptable," the statement stressed.

"Russia has repeatedly declared that it regards Tibet as an integral part of China, considering resolving relations with the Dalai Lama to be an internal affair of the People's Republic of China," the statement said.

Russia hoped that the Chinese side will take all the necessary measures to end illegal actions and secure an early return to normalcy in the autonomous region, it added.

Russia is convinced that the Chinese side will provide the highest level of organization of the Games, particularly in terms of issues with regard to the security of the athletes and guests of the Olympiad, the statement said.

(Xinhua News Agency March 19, 2008)

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