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Georgia Rejects Russian Accusation Of Terror Link

A still photo from self-styled "Caucasus emirate" Emir Doku Umarov video statement claiming responsibility for the January 24 Domodedovo Moscow Airport attack
Georgia has dismissed a Russian suggestion that Tbilisi was behind a deadly suicide bombing in January at Moscow's Domodedovo airport.

Russian lawmaker Aleksandr Torshin made the claim in an interview with Russia's "Rossiiskaya Gazeta" but gave no evidence to support it.

Torshin is a member of Russia's National Antiterrorism Committee.

Georgian presidential spokeswoman Manana Manjgaladze responded to Torshin's remarks by saying that "Such absurd statements from our neighbor have become a tradition" and that "Georgia has always condemned any manifestation of terrorism."

Russia and Georgia fought a brief war in 2008 over two breakaway territories backed by Russia, and tensions persist.

North Caucasus Islamist rebel leader Doku Umarov claimed responsibility for the Domodedovo attack, which killed 35 people and injured more than 150 others.

compiled from Reuters reports