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Georgia wants EU condemnation of Russia after missile strike


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Georgia wants EU condemnation of Russia after missile strike

The Georgian President has called on European countries to condemn Russia for an alleged missile attack on its territory. Mikhail Saakashvili visited the wreckage of the missile following claims it was launched from a Russian fighter jet: “It’s not just a problem for Georgia. It’s a threat to Georgian security, but also a major risk to European security,” said Saakashvili. But Russia has denied attacking Georgia. The foreign office in Moscow said none of its fighter jets were in the area and that its peacekeepers in South Ossetia did see an unknown plane fire a missile but that it arrived from over Georgian territory.

The Russian Ambassador to Georgia, Vyacheslav Kovalenko, said Tbilisi had told him its version of events but that it was impossible Russia was involved. Nobody was hurt in the attack 65 kilometres outside the capital. Georgia has accused Russia of launching missile attacks before. Russia has also accused Georgia of staging provocative acts to stir up conflict with Moscow.

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