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Russia calls Georgian TV tirade against Putin a political provocation

Russia calls Georgian TV tirade against Putin a political provocation
FILE PHOTO: Russia's President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with members of the Security Council in Moscow, Russia July 5, 2019. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS   -   Copyright  SPUTNIK(Reuters)
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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia on Monday condemned an obscenity-laden tirade against President Vladimir Putin by a Georgian television presenter on-air, calling it an unacceptable political provocation by radical forces.

Relations between Georgia and Russia have come under strain in the last month after anti-Kremlin protests broke out in Tbilisi when Russian lawmaker Sergei Gavrilov, invited to Georgia by local pro-government deputies, addressed the chamber from the speaker’s chair in Russian.

(Reporting by Andrew Osborn, Andrey Kuzmin; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Andrew Osborn)

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