1. Wide shot Russian President Vladimir Putin in emergency meeting with Nikolai Patrushev, head of the Federal Security Service, and Interior Minister Boris Gryzlov
2. Various close ups Patrushev and Gryzlov, pull out to wide shot meeting
3. Wide shot meeting
4. SOUNDBITE: (Russian) Vladimir Putin, Russian President:
"The first information we had from the representatives of the terrorists who took the hostages in Moscow last night came from abroad. This reconfirms that this terrorist outrage can be considered one of the biggest to be carried out on a national as well as an international scale, and that it was planned in foreign terrorist centres. The plan was formed there and the executors of this plan were to be found there too. There's no doubt that these are the very same criminals who have terrorised Chechnya for years and who are today calling for an end to military action. These are the people who have sown death and destruction both inside and outside the boundaries of Chechnya and who want to spread the violence further. The main goal of our law enforcement agencies and special services in planning and carrying out any measures nevertheless should be directed at freeing the captives with the maximum guarantee of their safety."
Russian President Vladimir Putin declared on Thursday that the overriding goal of police and troops in the Moscow hostage crisis must be to free the hostages in a way that ensures their safety.
Putin made the statement at the opening of a meeting with Nikolai Patrushev, head of the Federal Security Service, and Interior Minister Boris Gryzlov, to discuss measures to end the hostage-taking that began when about 40 Chechen gunmen stormed a Moscow theatre on Wednesday night.
Putin called the raid a major terrorist attack on both a national and international scale, and contended that it had been planned abroad and led by the same people acting against Russian forces in Chechnya.