Medvedev issues stark warning on Russian Caucasus

Medvedev issues stark warning on Russian Caucasus Moscow: President Dmitry Medvedev warned on Wednesday that Russia's Caucasus region was dangerously unstable and said "terrorists" there must be "liquidated without emotion."

"The battle against terrorists must be pursued unceremoniously," Medvedev was quoted as saying at a meeting with members of his national security council in the southern Russian city of Stavropol.

"They must be liquidated without emotion or hesitation, or else we will not succeed," he said, according to Russian news agencies.

His comments echoed the strident language used by his predecessor and mentor, Vladimir Putin, who once said rebel fighters in Chechnya should be hunted down and "whacked in the outhouse."

Putin made that particular comment in September 1999 at a time Russian military aircraft had already dropped bombs on the Chechen capital, Grozny, but before the launch of the war in Chechnya that helped catapult him to power.

Medvedev spoke two days after a truck packed with explosives rammed the gates of a police station in Ingushetia, a province neighboring Chechnya, and exploded in a suicide attack that killed 24, wounded 130 and left nine missing.

Bureau Report