Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia has a strict policy against negotiating
with terrorists, and rejected any possibility of renewing talks following Friday's
deadly bombing on the Moscow metro. At least 39 people were killed in the attack
and well over 100 were wounded.
President Putin has again ruled out talks with terrorists, including Chechen
separatist leader Aslan Maskhadov, because he says such actions only encourage
Mr. Putin said in remarks broadcast on Russian television that there are
always renewed calls for peace talks with Chechen separatists after acts of
violence like Friday's bombing. He says that leads him to believe that anyone
making those calls are indirectly linked to Mr. Maskhadov. And he stated unequivocally
that Russia rejects talks with terrorists.
President Putin says Russia does not talk to terrorists but rather, "destroys
Despite his long-standing pledges to stamp out Chechen terrorists, near daily
attacks occur in and around Chechnya, in neighboring regions, and now increasingly
in Moscow. The separatists have been fighting for independence from Russia
for most of the last decade.