Georgia to abandon Russian helicopters

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The Georgian Ministry of Defence intends to completely change its Soviet and Russian helicopters for U.S. ones in 2014, Georgian Defence Minister Irakli Alasania said on Sunday, Xinhua news agency reported today.

"We intend to withdraw the Soviet and Russian military transport or attack helicopters for the Georgian armed forces and begin to develop a fleet of U.S. helicopters," Alasania said. "We are currently holding negotiations with other countries. Such an opportunity appeared in France after my recent visit."

Georgian ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili stressed the need to replace the obsolete Russian helicopters in 2010.

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