Georgia accuses Russia of 'Undisguised aggression'

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August 8, 2007 19:43

Georgia said Wednesday it had proof that Russian jets violated its airspace and fired a missile that landed near a house, a claim Russia has denied. Georgia's Foreign Ministry issued a formal protest, calling the intrusion and firing of the missile "undisguised aggression and a gross violation of sovereignty of the country." The ministry said that radar records compatible with NATO standards showed that a Russian Su-24 jet had flown from Russia into Georgia and launched a missile, which did not explode. Investigators identified the weapon as a Russian-made Raduga Kh-58 missile, designed to hit radars, the ministry said. The missile, code-named by NATO as AS-11, carried a warhead of 140-kilograms (over 300 pounds) of TNT, it said.


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