Russian foreign ministryspokesman Grigory Karasin said July 13 that Moscow would use "allnecessary means" in response to "acts of terrorism againstRussian citizens in Tajikistan," Interfax reported. Karasinadded that Moscow had information that a Tajik opposition strategysession in Afghanistan had decided to step up "terroristactivities" throughout Tajikistan. He and deputy foreignminister Albert Chernyshev demanded that the opposition renouncethe use of force and resume negotiations. In apparent confirmationof Karasin’s assertions, another Tajik deputy was gravely woundedJuly 13, the fourth Tajik parliamentarian to be shot in the lastyear.
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