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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Tajik Claim Denied

MOSCOW -- The government on Tuesday dismissed allegations that Russian secret services provoked a recent confrontation between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

"Any claims about the Russian secret services involvement in the exacerbation of the Uzbek-Tajik relations are absolutely groundless," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Uzbek President Islam Karimov on Monday accused the Russian Federal Security Service, the main successor of the KGB, of provoking a recent dispute between his nation and Tajikistan.

Karimov claimed an FSB officer, an ethnic Tajik, fomented an uprising last month that claimed 334 lives. The FSB acknowledged the officer, Rizo Tursunov, is an agent, but said he had no role in the incident.