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Uranium carried in pockets2010-04-28 17:19
Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has finally replied to loud but groundless accusations made by the Georgian president on Russia's involvement in radioactive uranium trafficking. A group of unnamed foreigners carrying nuclear substance in their pockets was detained in Georgia exactly before Mikheil Saakashvili's trip to the nuclear security forum in Washington where the Georgian leader flared up the scandal providing no evidence that the trace of the radioactive fuel leads to Russia.
Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs first took no notice of a new dose of bile pouring from Mikheil Saakashvili. However he persistently repeated his accusations of uranium trafficking in various Western media forcing Russian journalists to demand explanations from domestic Ministry of foreign affairs.
Andrey Nesterenko, the Ministry's Spokesman called Saakashvili's assertions "a poorly presented provocation" or a new "attempt to flare up a political scandal against Russia".
In an interview with Associated Press Mikheil Nikolayevich called Moscow a source of instability since nuclear materials reach Georgia "mainly from Russia" because of "black holes" created in the aftermath to "occupation" of Abkhazia and South Ossetia representing a threat to the regional security.
"Unfounded and proofless" are these accusations to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. "Official Tbilisi provided no confirmation that Russia or any other state has anything to do with the intercepted lot of nuclear material".
The point is that any radioactive element leaves a trace that can be easily followed. But Georgia did not hand the intercepted lot to International Atomic Energy Agency sending only a note about the incident, as Alexander Pikaev, head of department for disarmament and conflict settlement with the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) remarked in an interview with GeorgiaTimes.
In 2007 Tbilisi refused to adhere to Russia proposed International convention on suppression of acts of nuclear terrorism that calls to present all detained radioactive stuffs to IAEA experts who will track down the source and pass them to the manufacturing country.
This handful of uranium, enough to sling mud on Russia, is under examination in Georgia placing "impartiality" of the results beyond any doubt considering that the lot of hazardous chemical element emerged immediately after Georgian president received an invitation to the nuclear security forum in Washington. All that makes the Russian Foreign Ministry's version on Saakashvili's frame-up entitled "uranium traffic via occupied territories" still more believable.