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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Georgia Linked to Al-Qaida

Federal Security Service Chief Alexander Bortnikov on Tuesday accused Georgian secret services of helping al-Qaida send terrorists to Chechnya and deliver weapons to Dagestan, allegations that Georgia denied.

Bortnikov, speaking at a session of the National Anti-Terrorism Committee, cited audio recordings found with rebels as the source of his claims, RIA-Novosti reported.

Georgian parliamentary Deputy Speaker Paata Davitaya said Bortnikov’s accusations were “complete absurdity” and “a provocation,” Georgian television Imedi reported.

Davitaya also said the Russian accusations were “made on purpose before the visit of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Moscow,” which started Monday, in order to win U.S. support in Russia’s conflict with Georgia, Interfax reported.

(MT)