Georgian Interior Ministry says country’s airspace violated by Russian military helicopter

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Tbilisi, Georgia, March 6

By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

Georgian Interior Ministry has confirmed the violation of its airspace by a Russian military helicopter in the Georgian-Ossetian conflict zone.

The combat helicopter, which flew over the territory controlled by Georgia, crossed the airspace controlled by Georgian authorities near the city of Gori.

Earlier cases of Russian helicopters flying over Georgian territories were recorded in several villages in the Gori district, adjacent to South Ossetia.

Large scale military action was launched in South Ossetia on August 8, 2008. Later, Russian troops occupied Tskhinvali and expelled the Georgian military.

Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in late August. In response, Tbilisi ended diplomatic relations with Moscow and has called the two unrecognized republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia occupied territories.

Translated by E.A.

Edited by C.N.

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