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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Putin's War Gets Hesistant Support From Fatherland

The Fatherland-All Russia movement expressed general support for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's Chechnya policy Wednesday, but at the same time urged the government to minimize losses of Russian troops and innocent civilians.

"We would have preferred to solve this problem by political means, but it didn't seem to work," Sergei Yastrzhembsky, deputy head of the bloc's election campaign, said at a news briefing Wednesday.

"It is not possible to ensure the safety of the Russian people without eliminating the ulcer of international terrorism."

The political bloc, headed by Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov and former Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov, is one of the main rivals of the pro-Kremlin Unity bloc supported by Putin.

Fatherland-All Russia has been engaged in an information war with the Kremlin, and Yastrzhembsky, a former presidential spokesman, said it would not be the first to call a truce.

"We didn't start it and will respond only when we see that the other side is ending the war," he said.