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Vladimir Putin said Tuesday he was open to the possibility of a dialogue with extremists if they first rejected violence and surrendered their weapons
Vladimir Putin said Tuesday he was open to the possibility of a dialogue with extremists if they first rejected violence and surrendered their weapons. "If one or another [terrorist] structure laid down [its] arms and firmly stated that it had rejected any form of armed resistance to the authorities and the state, then, of course, they would deserve a dialogue," Putin said in an interview with Spanish media. "But we have to consider what kind of a dialogue and with whom it has to be conducted in each separate case." However, in comments echoing his more familiar tough line on terrorists, Putin said "Not a single civilized country can allow itself the luxury of conducting negotiations with terrorists, because any talks with terrorists weaken the state and strengthen terrorists." The president firmly stated that the Russian authorities would never negotiate with terrorists whose hands were covered with blood of Russian people. Several cities in the country, including Moscow, have been targeted by terrorists in recent years in attacks that have left hundreds of people dead. "Nevertheless, we are ready to allow any opposition forces, including Chechen militants who have not been involved in murder and blatantly criminal activities, to participate in politics," he said. The president said that about 50% of law enforcement personnel in the Chechen Republic were former militants, though he cautiously added that the figure had to be checked. "We must involve them [former extremists] in normal life, otherwise they will be excluded from this process," Putin said. "Whenever people abandon extreme forms of resistance and become involved...in political activity, this is an enormous plus."
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