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    RUSSIA * PRESIDENT * TERRORISM * RESISTANCE * PUTIN REFERS TO MOSCOW METRO BLAST AS NATIONAL HEAVY TRIAL MOSCOW, FEBRUARY 6, 2004. (RIA NOVOSTI) - Terrorists can't be negotiated with-they ought to be annihilated, Vladimir Putin said at a press-conference on Friday, following his talks with Azeri President Ilkham Aliev.

    "Under generally-accepted international rules, refusal to conduct any dialogue with terrorists is an indisputable principle because any contacts with terrorists encourage them to commit ever more brutal crimes," said Putin.

    Dealing with today's act of terrorism in the Moscow subway, the head of state dubbed it as a grave crime and a heavy trial for those who were affected directly and all the country. He offered condolences to all the injured and the families of the victims.

    Putin did not exclude that acts of terrorism and pleas from the overseas to engage in talks with the Chechen warlord Aslan Maskhadov, the so-called president of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria, will be exploited in political debates during the presidential elections in Russia and as a lever of pressure upon the incumbent president.

    It is not for the first time that outrages on the territory of the country and pleas toward talks with terrorists have been synchronized.

    "The very fact of appeals to negotiate with Maskhadov after such outrages confirms Maskhadov's connection with extremists and terrorists," said Putin.

    "We don't need any circumstantial evidence as we have every reason to say that Maskhadov and his clique are linked with this terror," concluded Putin, adding that that examples of links between these crimes and events on the domestic scene could be cited.

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