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Tuesday, 25 September, 2001, 14:55 GMT 15:55 UK
Putin: 'We are all to blame'
Vladimir Putin and Gerhard Schroeder at a press conference in Berlin
Putin: Terrorists should be "completely isolated"
Russia's President Vladimir Putin has told Germany's parliament that all nations are to blame for the terrorist attacks on the United States because they trust outdated security systems.

"We have failed to recognise the changes of the last 10 years. We have not learned to trust each other yet," he said.

Earlier, speaking after a meeting with Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, he said terrorists should be forced into "complete political and ideological isolation".

Mr Putin, who on Monday pledged support for possible US reprisals, is the first Russian leader to address the German parliament.

He made it clear that he viewed Russia's problem with Chechnya as just part of the wider international battle against terrorism.

Vladimir Putin (left) and Gerhard Schroeder
Putin and Schroeder: Likely to stress solidarity with US

In a television address before his departure, he said Russia would allow the US to use military bases in former Soviet states to launch an operation against prime suspect, Osama Bin Laden, who is sheltering in Afghanistan.

He said Russia would help the US by sharing intelligence, and would arm the Afghan anti-Taleban alliance.

His trip coincides with a visit to Germany by the Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak.


We do not want to, and will not, get involved in any horsetrading

Vladimir Putin

Mr Putin has tried to quash speculation that he is seeking something from the West in return - such as a promise not to admit the Baltic states to Nato, or a halt to US plans to build a missile shield.

"We do not want to, and will not, get involved in any horsetrading," he said last week.

"For us, the issue of uniting forces in the fight against terrorism is a separate theme of our co-operation."

Mr Putin has long blamed Bin Laden for funding Chechen fighters, who are battling against Russian troops with the goal of seceding from the Russian Federation.

Russia also fears the spread of Islamic extremism from Afghanistan to Central Asia, and has thousands of troops stationed on the Tajik-Afghan border.

Mr Putin has established a good rapport with Chancellor Schroeder during four previous meetings.

On Wednedsday he will meet German businessmen in Duesseldorf, before returning on Thursday to a place he knows well, Dresden, the city where he served as a Soviet spy from 1984 to 1990.

BBC Berlin correspondent Rob Broomby says Mr Putin wooed the Bundestag with almost perfect German.

See also:

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