Georgia accuses Russia of violating its airspace

Reuters , Thursday 10 Dec 2015

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FILE PHOTO: Georgia's Prime Minister Irakly Garibashvili speaks during a news briefing in Tbilisi, November 5, 2014. (Photo: Reuters)

Georgia said that a Russian military helicopter had violated its airspace on Thursday and that the incident threatened regional stability.

Georgia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its Internet site that a Russian Mi-8 combat helicopter had crossed into the country's airspace over an area adjacent to the rebel Georgian region of South Ossetia.

"It violated the airspace controlled by the central government and flew over a local municipality and police buildings," the ministry said.

The Georgian Foreign Ministry called the incident "provocative in nature and posing a threat to the security and stability in the region".

There was no immediate comment from Moscow.

South Ossetia and Georgia's other breakaway region of Abkhazia were recognised by Moscow as independent states after Russia's five-day war with Georgia in August 2008.

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