Georgia refutes Russian lawmaker's statement over Moscow airport attack

08:42, March 01, 2011      

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The Georgian Foreign Ministry on Monday refuted a statement made by a senior Russian lawmaker about the South Caucasus country's role behind the terror attack at the Domodedovo airport in Moscow earlier this year.

Deputy Georgian Foreign Minister Nino Kalandadze told a weekly press briefing that statements like that could have serious context.

"When senior officials make such statements ... we think these statements have much serious context than just an interview given to a newspaper," he said.

Russian law-enforcers provided no evidence concerning the fact that Georgia was related to the terrorist attack in any way possible, said Kalandadze.

During an interview with the Russian newspaper of Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Alexander Torshin, deputy speaker of Russia's upper house of parliament, said he did not believe Islamist militants were behind the Jan. 24 bombing at Domodedovo and blamed Georgia for ordering the attack.

"I am sure the terrorist act was organized from outside ... I will say from where, although I understand that my words may trigger wave of anger and misunderstanding, but I think, it was Georgia and its ruling regime," he said.

Torshin has led a parliamentary inquiry into the 2004 Beslan school hostage-killing tragedy as a member of the Russian national counter-terrorism committee. He was also in an investigative commission entrusted with probing into the August 2008 conflict between Russia and Georgia over South Ossetia.

The Jan. 24 attack at Moscow's Domodedovo airport killed 35 people, including six foreign nationals.

Source: Xinhua

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