Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Tuesday ruled out a fresh war in the North Caucasus where the Kremlin fought Islamists in the 1990s, saying rebels lacked money and support for a new separatist conflict. "I don't think there are conditions for this today," Putin said in an interview with the mass circulation tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda published on Tuesday. "No-one who would like to unleash something large there, has the strength for it. Today they are capable of carrying out isolated terrorist acts -- yes, of course. They are capable of shooting from round the corner (or) blowing up something." "But they have neither strength nor money for a war. And most importantly, no support from the public." Last year, the Kremlin announced the official end of a counter-terrorist operation in Chechnya that had been in place for a decade in a sign that relative normality had returned to the volatile North Caucasus region.