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    MOSCOW, 7 April. RIA Novosti. The Russian Foreign Ministry's official spokesman", Alexander Yakovenko, has told the country's press that Russia is counting on the fact that the Georgia authorities will make the greatest efforts to clarify all the circumstances relating to the attempted murder of Major General Alexander Studenikin in Tbilisi. The general is the commander of the Russian forces in the Caucasus.

    "Moscow is closely following the Georgian investigation into this terrorist attack," the official spokesman said. "We are counting on Tbilisi to take the greatest efforts to clarify all the circumstances of this criminal act, identify and punish the guilty parties as soon as possible.

    "We believe that it is essential that the Russian security services are also involved in the investigation," Yakovenko stressed. "Without any doubt, this will help the crime to be solved as soon as possible." General Studenikin was wounded yesterday evening when a explosive device was detonated near a building housing Russian officers in the Caucasus.

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