Georgia has announced it has dismantled a Russian spy ring after a major counter intelligence operation.Video footage released by the Georgian government shows those suspected of spying being detained.
Georgia’s Interior Ministry says they have uncovered dozens of people who cooperated, or were in contact, with Russia’s special forces.
13 of them have been detained on charges of working for foreign intelligence. Four are Russian.
They are all accused of secretly cooperating with Russia by passing on information about Georgia’s military capabilities and personnel. Hundreds of documents have been seized, including Russian passports.
Russia though has dismissed the accusations as “fabrication”.
Tension between the two countries led to war over the breakaway territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia two years ago. The current charges date back to before the start of the confrontation.
Arrests also took place in a previous spying saga in 2006 which added to the strained relations between the countries. Russia say the current arrests are a “provocation” intended to undermine its summit with NATO later this month.