DATE=4/26/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=RUSSIA-US (L) NUMBER=2-261751 BYLINE=ART CHIMES DATELINE=WASHINGTON INTERNET=YES CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Russia's Foreign Minister has been holding talks in Washington today (Wednesday) to push Moscow's opposition to any changes in the 1972 A-B-M anti- missile treaty. As we hear from V-O-A correspondent Art Chimes, the Russian diplomat emphasized the A-B-M treaty as a centerpiece of arms control. TEXT: The United States wants to modify the A-B-M treaty and build a limited system to defend against terrorists or rogue states. But Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov told reporters it would be a "fatal mistake" to change the treaty. The A-B-M treaty was the main focus of Mr. Ivanov's talks with Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. He also discussed it with Republican presidential hopeful George W. Bush. Mr. Ivanov also criticized Tuesday's action by the U-N Human Rights Commission, which condemned what it called Russia's "indiscriminate" use of force in Chechnya. He said Russia's intervention in the breakaway republic was necessary because of lawless conditions there. // IVANOV ACTUALITY (in Russian) // What country, he asked -- including the United States -- would allow its territory to be occupied and controlled by bandits? Foreign Minister Ivanov said the vote in the U-N Human Rights Commission was "evidently political," with support coming mainly from NATO members. And he denied that the vote represented Russia's "isolation" as suggested Tuesday by State Department spokesman James Rubin. Nevertheless, he admitted the human rights situation in Chechnya is not good. // IVANOV ACTUALITY (in Russian) // I said it was very bad, and what we're dealing with, he said, is improving it. He said international observers are visiting Chechnya, and Russia has formed its own commission to investigate reports of human rights abuses. The U-N Human Rights Commission urged Russia to investigate alleged violations of human rights and bring the perpetrators to justice. (Signed) NEB/ART/PT 26-Apr-2000 16:42 PM EDT (26-Apr-2000 2042 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .