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The speaker of the upper house of Russia's parliament said Tuesday there could be no talks with terrorists who seized Russian diplomats in Iraq and no concessions would be made
The speaker of the upper house of Russia's parliament said Tuesday there could be no talks with terrorists who seized Russian diplomats in Iraq and no concessions would be made. A Web site often used by terrorists claimed Monday that the Mujahideen Shura Council, a group linked to the Iraq cell of al-Qaeda, had kidnapped four employees of the Russian Embassy in Baghdad on June 3. "Russia has always held the position that talks on political terms with terrorists are out of the question," Sergei Mironov said. Mironov said Russia would do everything possible to secure the release of the diplomats. "We never leave our people," he said. One Russian diplomat was killed and four others kidnapped when unidentified gunmen attacked an embassy car in the Iraqi capital. The kidnappers are yet to make any ransom or other demands. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has repeatedly called for the immediate release of the diplomats. Earlier Tuesday he urged the kidnappers to remember which country they represented. "Russia has made all possible efforts to avoid the current situation in Iraq," Lavrov said, adding that victimizing Russian diplomats was unfair and ran counter to the interests of the Iraqi people.
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