Azhdar Kurtov, chief editor of the RISS journal "National Strategy Issues":
'Unfortunately, terror groups which oppose the government do not keep to international humanitarian law, as well as when it comes to hostages and bodies of the dead. I believe there's no sense to go the length of holding talks with them, as they will be only increasing stakes. While the bodies will not be returned. What about possible special operation, it's quite hard to implement it, as it is hard even to discover where alive hostages are kept. Bodies may be moved from one place to another. The desired result on return of the bodies may not be reached, while losses will be too big. This practice can be evidenced very often in such combat acts'.
The Russian Armed Forces must be prepared that NATO military exercises may unfold on "unfavorable development" scenario, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu stated