Moscow expects speedy review of missile strike

Russia on Wednesday was expecting the first results of an official inquiry from Tbilisi after what was claimed to be a Russian missile landed near a Georgian village, the Interfax new agency reported.

Moscow expects speedy review of missile strike
Russia on Wednesday was expecting the first results of an official inquiry from Tbilisi after what was claimed to be a Russian missile landed near a Georgian village, the Interfax new agency reported.

An inquiry into the incident was currently under way, Yuri Popov, a special envoy for the Russian Foreign Ministry, was quoted as saying by Interfax.

Popov was due to meet the Georgian observers in Georgia Wednesday.

The special envoy has again denied any participation of Russia in the incident.

Tiflis had endorsed its accusations against Russia in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday over the firing of the controlled missile.

According to the Georgian Foreign Ministry, an AS-11 anti-radar missile (NATO code: Kilter) made in Russia landed on Georgian territory near the breakaway region of South Ossetia on Monday.

"The missile was fired from a Russian-made Suchoi SU-24 fighter plane, which had entered Georgian air space," a statement by the Foreign Ministry in Tbilisi said.

Earlier, President Mikhail Saakashvili had denounced the "bombardment" of his country as a "provocation."

Georgian units and troops of the breakaway province regularly clash in the border region with South Ossetia.

Moscow sees itself as the protector of the province.

DPA
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