Georgia, Tbilisi, 8 September / Trend corr. N.Kirtskhalia / The two aircrafts of the Russian air force illegally crossed the air territory in Georgia on 7 September at 11:20 local time. According to the Georgian Foreign Ministry, the Russian aircrafts flied over Tskhinvali and Shatili (Khevsuretiya region) territories within 45 minutes.
Georgian Foreign Ministry voiced protest due to the recent actions of Russia. Georgia expressed surprise that similar actions take places on the eve of the meeting between the French and Russian Presidents. Meeting's aim is to discuss implementation of the 'Ceasefire' document. "The flights over the remote conflict zone in Shatli region demonstrates that Russia does not want to carry out the assumed obligation," Georgian Foreign Ministry said.
At the night of 8 August, large-scale military operations were launched in the self-declared South Ossetia republic. The Georgian troops entered Tskhinvali. Later the Russian troops entered the city and drove the Georgian forces back to the Georgian territory.
On 12 August, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev announced that he has decided to end operations to compel Georgia to peace.
It was decided to keep Russian peacekeepers and international observers in the territory of Georgia.
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