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Unmanned Aircraft Reconnaissance2009-07-09 23:01
Abkhazia accused Georgia of unmanned aircraft launch. Georgia, without pausing to think, answered with the same accusations but to the Russian army. Probably, against the background of the new Caucasian war forecasts propagated by Georgian experts and their pro-Western colleagues in Russia, the parties of last year's conflict have decided to do some reconnaissance. But this does not mean that the frightening forecasts will come true.
Three Georgian offices at a time have denied Sukhumi's accusation of Georgia launching self-steered aircrafts to the Abkhazian sky.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the republic, in the night of July 8 Abkhazian border guards registered two facts of air frontier violation. «On July 7 at 22:00 local time in the area of the Saberio village the border forces of the Abkhazian Republic registered two unmanned aircrafts coming from Georgia in the direction of the Gal District of Abkhazia. Then, at 23:35, near the Khukhun village of the Tkvarchali District two more unmanned aircrafts were seen», ran the message. The Abkhazian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is concerned with these «provocative activities of Georgia that can lead to a new escalation of the conflict».
The Georgian Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Ministry of Foreign Affairs gave their response by turn.
«We do not confirm this information, our airplanes have not violated the airspace over the territory controlled by Abkhazia and in close proximity to the administrative border (state border with Abkhazia - edit.)», said David Nardaya, Chief of the Information & Analytics Department of the Georgian Ministry of Defense to RIA Novosti.
The Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs went further and spoke not only on the disproof of the flights over Abkhazia but with a symmetrical claim against the Russian army. «Russia has increased the frequency of unmanned aircrafts use in the territory controlled by Georgia, for reconnaissance purposes», stated the agency. The Russian part did not make any disclaimer, but if Russian unmanned aircrafts were not just a result of the fantasy and timely improvisation of the Georgian authorities, they would have already cried to the world about the «violations of their airspace».