Tbilisi, Georgia, March 7
By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:
Georgia's President, Giorgi Margvelashvili called the violation of the country's air space by Russian military helicopters a provocation.
"Russia's actions violate international law and existing agreements. This is not only a violation of our country's airspace, but also of all controlled space and existing agreements," he stressed.
Margvelashvili stressed that the situation in the region is quite complicated, and Georgia should be "extremely cautious".
"We must not succumb to provocations of ill-wishers. We respond to such actions with a work coordinated with international partners and closely watch how events develop in the region," Margvelashvili said.
In turn Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania said, "Georgian armed forces fully control the situation and are ready to respond to any developments".
"After 2008, there were more than 1000 cases of violations of Georgian airspace. Armed forces control the situation and are ready to respond to any developments. Georgian army is always on the alert, because 20 percent of our country is occupied," he said.
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.