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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Georgian Denies Story

TBILISI, Georgia () -- Georgia's security chief Thursday denied reports he had accused Russian secret services of ordering the 1993 killing of an American believed to be a CIA agent.

Russia's Segodnya newspaper reported Saturday that Georgian Security Minister Shota Kviraya blamed Moscow for the shooting of Fred Woodruff.

"Neither I nor other Security Ministry o&ficialstlave ever made such statements," Kviraya said in a statement released Thursday.

Woodruff was shot in the head while traveling with three Georgians outside Tbilisi. "It remains to be seen who needed such disinformation," said Kviraya's statement, read by ministry spokesman David Tsinstadze. "But the goal is clear: to aggravate our relationship with the Russian special services."