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Russian Mig (Allegedly) Downs Georgian Unmanned Drone - Now with Video!
Posted: 21 April 2008 02:33 PM   [ Ignore ]
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A Russian fighter jet has shot down an unmanned reconnaissance aircraft over the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia, Georgian authorities say.

Georgia’s defence ministry has released video showing what appears to be a Russian MiG-29 shooting down the unarmed Georgian drone on Sunday.

A Russian air force spokesman said the claim was “nonsense” while Abkhaz rebels said they had downed the drone.

Russia’s leader asked why a drone had been present in a “conflict zone”.

President Vladimir Putin expressed his concern in a phone call to Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, the Kremlin reported.

Mr Saakashvili himself went on Georgian TV to say he had “categorically demanded [of Mr Putin]... that these aggressive attacks on Georgia be stopped immediately”.

Tensions are high between the two neighbours over Russian support for Abkhazia and another breakaway Georgian region, South Ossetia.

Russian and UN peacekeepers have been deployed in the two regions since the early 1990s, when violence erupted as they broke free from Georgian control.

Tbilisi believes Moscow is fuelling the separatist conflict in Abkhazia to maintain Russian influence in the region and to damage Georgia’s hopes of joining Nato, the BBC’s Matthew Collin reports from Georgia.

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