Georgia has recalled its ambassador from Moscow, as tensions rise over the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The move follows Russia’s admission that its fighter jets entered Georgian airspace earlier this week.
Georgian Foreign Minister Ekaterine Tkeshelashvili said: “We will be calling back to Tbilisi for consultations our ambassador from Moscow because of the importance of the acts, and the follow-up to the acts and statements of this type cannot be overestimated. It is a clear act of aggression.”
Separately, the Russian Foreign Minister met with the separatist leader of Abkhazia. The two have called for a UN Security Council resolution preventing Tbilisi using force against the rebel region.
Both Abkhazia and South Ossetia have rejected Georgian rule and are receiving support from Moscow. The Kremlin says Tbilisi is trying to provoke armed conflict there to bring them back under its control. It says it ordered its warplanes into the air to stop Georgia preparing to attack.
Unabashed, Tbilisi says Russia is fuelling the instability to undermine its efforts to join NATO. The US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has reprimanded Moscow for stoking tensions in the region.