Georgia has requested a special meeting of the UN Security Council to investigate what it called an “act of aggression” by Russia. It comes after a missile landed in Georgia earlier this week. Foreign Minister Gela Bezuashvili: “We need to build a partnership with Russia. This is a common and serious understanding. We need to build a good relationship with our neighbour, but it should be based on principals that are acceptable to both countries. The principals of respect for borders, the principal of respect for sovereignty.”
The missile landed – but did not explode – in a field 65 kilometres west of Tbilisi on Monday. Georgia’s President Mikhail Saakashvili urged the UN and the EU to condemn Moscow, saying the missile incident was part of a broader pattern of Russia bullying its pro-Western neighbours. The Kremlin has denied involvement and has suggested Georgia may have planted the bomb itself to provoke a diplomatic argument.