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    MOSCOW, January 29 (RIA Novosti) - Moscow strongly condemns a terrorist act in Jerusalem, Alexander Yakovenko, an official Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, said in statement obtained by RIA Novosti.

    On January 29, a suicide bomber on a bus in Jerusalem activated a blasting device, killing nine people and injuring more than 40.

    "We extend deep condolences to the families of the dead and our sincere sympathy to the victims," says Yakovenko's statement.

    "The tragic event in Jerusalem is another link in the chain of violence, which has for more than three years been rocking Israel and Palestinian territories, continuing to claim both Israeli and Palestinian lives," the spokesman said.

    Yakovenko recalled that on the eve, as a result of Israel army actions in the Gaza Strip, eight Palestinians were killed.

    "A way out of the situation has been pointed up by the international community, which has approved the so-far only plan for getting out of the deadlock - the 'road map'," stressed the diplomat.

    According to Yakovenko, despite all difficulties of implementing the road map, it still remains a real program of reciprocal steps by Palestinians and Israelis in launching a peace process and resolving the Palestinian problem based on the principle of coexistence of the two states - Israel and Palestine.

    "The plan, to be implemented, needs an early resumption of Palestinian-Israeli dialogue. An exclusive stake on force will bring peace neither to the Palestinians nor the Israelis," said the Russian spokesman.

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