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Putin Won't Negotiations With Chechens

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday reiterated his refusal to negotiate with Chechen separatists, warning critics against applying what he called a double standard in the definition of terrorism. Speaking two weeks after armed militants seized more than 1,200 children and adults at a school in southern Russia, Putin rejected calls that the Kremlin should negotiate with renegade Chechen leaders, such as Aslan Maskhadov, in order to bring peace to the war-ravaged region. At least 338 people were killed by the time the standoff ended. “We believe that there should be not only the same definition of terrorism for everybody but we should also mean the same thing when we talk about it,” Putin said at a meeting of presidents from former Soviet republics held in Kazakhstan.Full Story

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