Georgia’s Interior Ministry claims to have found the missile allegedly fired into its territory by Russian bombers. It says Russian jets fired an air-to-surface missile at the country in an act of aggression. Russia denies its air force flew any mission into Georgian airspace. But a spokesman for the Georgian Interior Ministry Shota Ustiashvilli said Georgia’s radar showed the military fighter aircraft flew from Russia and returned in the same direction.
“We were extremely lucky the missile hit so close to the woods but did not explode, so we do not have any significant casualties,” said Ustiashvilli.
He added that if the missile had exploded it would have been a disaster. Russia has a long history of tense relations with the former Soviet republic. Moscow has accused Tbilisi of pursuing anti-Russian policies. Last year Georgia deported four Russian army officers accusing them of spying.