Minister: Georgia should be in permanent combat readiness
Georgia, Tbilisi, March 21 / Trend N. Kirtskhalia /
A threat analysis shows that Georgia should be in permanent combat readiness, Defence Minister Irakli Alasania said at a hearing at parliament on Thursday.
"The Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces enjoy multi-party and multilateral support, with both the population and parliament," he said.
According to Alasania, the situation in the separatist regions of Georgia hasn't being changed during the past year according to information from the intelligence service.
"However, the situation is aggravated by the fact that additional offensive structures and bases both in the Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions have been constructed during the last year and Georgian defence doctrine is adjusted to this thread," he stated.
"Thereby, our main objective is keeping our troops in a state of permanent readiness," the minister said.
On the night of August 8, 2008, large scale military action took place in Georgia, South Ossetia. Later Russian troops occupied Tskhinvali and drove the Georgian military out. In late August, Russia recognised the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. In response, Tbilisi broke off diplomatic relations with Moscow and announced the two unrecognised republics as occupied territories.