Georgia accuses Russia of violating airspace

Georgia accused Russia of violating the country’s airspace due to the flight of a Russian helicopter over the territory of South Ossetia, Interfax reported with reference to a statement made by the State Security Service of Georgia.

The State Security Service claims that a Russian helicopter flew in the area of ​​the Georgian-controlled village of Gugutiantkari in the Gori municipality. The incident occurred around noon local time. It is noted that “the helicopter was in the airspace of Georgia” for several minutes.

In connection with the incident, the Georgian authorities activated the hotline and informed the mission of the EU observers about the incident. The State Security Service called the fact of a helicopter flight, as “another provocative action”, adding that it harms the security situation in the area.

In addition, the State Security Service condemned the authorities of South Ossetia, which on Wednesday, August 21, resumed their work to install border barriers in the area of ​​the village of Gugutiantkari.

Earlier in Abkhazia, temporary restrictions on crossing the state border with Georgia were introduced. The reason included the protests that took place in Georgia, including the one in the Zugdidi district, on the border with Abkhazia.

In 2008, an armed conflict occurred between Tbilisi and Tskhinval – on the night of August 8, Georgian military attacked the territory of the self-proclaimed republic of South Ossetia. On the side of the Ossetians, Russian troops came forward, and for five days pushed the Georgian army back. On August 26, Moscow recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, but Tbilisi is still considered them, as part of Georgia.

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