MOSCOW ? Vladimir Putin says he is ready for dialogue with Russia's newly energized opposition forces, but doubts whether opposition leaders want to talk.
Russian news reports say Putin met Wednesday with top editors of Russian news media and was asked if he was ready for dialogue in the wake of massive protests that erupted over allegations of vote fraud in last month's parliamentary election.
Putin says some figures had been invited for talks "not long ago" but did not come.
"This question occurs to me: what do they want? Do they want to show that there are no discussions or that they do not want to discuss," Putin was quoted as saying by the ITAR-Tass news agency.