Georgia summons Russian ambassador over alleged missile

Georgia on Tuesday summoned the Russian ambassador in Tbilisi to the Foreign Ministry to clarify the alleged firing of a Russian missile into its territory.

 Georgia summons Russian ambassador over alleged missile
Georgia on Tuesday summoned the Russian ambassador in Tbilisi to the Foreign Ministry to clarify the alleged firing of a Russian missile into its territory.

Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili said a Russian aircraft had flown over Georgia Monday evening and fired a missile which failed to detonate, news agency Interfax reported.

The missile was said to have landed near the village of Shavshvebi in the north-east and close to South Ossetia, which seeks independence from Georgia.

Reports from Georgia said the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) was to investigate the claims.

However, Russia denied the accusation.

"Russian aircraft haven't conducted any flights over that area and haven't violated Georgia's airspace," said a spokesman for the Russian air force, Alexander Drobyshevsky.

Differing reports in Georgia said one or two aircraft were involved in the alleged incident.

Relations between Russia and the former Soviet republic have deteriorated since Georgia elected pro-Western President Mikhail Saakashvili in 2003. Georgia last accused Russia of violating its airspace in March.

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