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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Putin: No Negotiations With Terrorists

President Vladimir Putin said Monday that Russia will never negotiate with terrorists and hinted the army might use weapons of mass destruction to fight terrorism at home and on foreign soil.

Lawmakers, meanwhile, said they were looking to boost funding to fight terrorism by more than $200 million.

Putin told the Cabinet that Russia would not clinch any deals with terrorists nor yield to blackmail despite "threats from terrorists to resort to means of mass destruction."

He said he had ordered the military to tackle such threats with "adequate measures" that "will reach terrorists, those who organize crimes and their ideological and financial sponsors, wherever they are located."

Putin apparently was replying to a comment Saturday by an envoy to Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov that radical guerillas might storm a Russian nuclear facility.

"We cannot guarantee that there will not be another group on Russian territory," the envoy, Akhmed Zakayev, told Reuters. "Terrorist acts are possible. We cannot exclude that the next such group takes over some nuclear facility. The results may be catastrophic, not only for Russian society and for Chechen society but for the whole of Europe."

Maskhadov has denied any role in the hostage taking and condemned it in a statement published Saturday on the official rebel web site, Chechenpress.com.

However, the leader of the hostage-takers, Movsar Barayev, told Sunday Times reporter Mark Franchetti during the siege that the attack had been a joint operation with Maskhadov and rebel commander Shamil Basayev.

Also Monday, Yevgeny Bushmin, the head of the Federation Council's budget committee, said his committee would vote Wednesday on whether to increase counter-terrorism funding in the draft 2003 federal budget by 7 billion rubles ($218 million).

The money would go for agencies involved in counter-terrorism operations, including the Federal Security Service and the Interior Ministry.

The 2003 budget is currently awaiting the third of four readings in the State Duma.

Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov said the Duma was open to amending the budget.