Bortnikov: bandits are preparing breakthrough in Russia
According to information released today by the Russian FSB director Alexander Bortnikov, leaders of bandit groups are preparing to breakthrough to the territory of the Russian North Caucasus through Georgia. "We have operational information about that individual leaders of bandit groups, who are in other states, are hatching intention to use Georgian territory for infiltration to us in the North Caucasus" - the "GHN" quoted Bortnikov's statement which he made during his speech at the meeting on the fight against terrorism in St. Petersburg.
With this statement he commented information that appeared before, that in recent years dozens of militants were leaked to the Russian territory through the Pankisi Gorge in Georgia.
The Georgian Interior Ministry categorically denies the information about the activity of bandrgupp in the Pankisi Gorge. "The Pankisi Gorge has neither clandestine nor open or sitting on the balcony forces, and this is another nonsense spread by Russian security services" - said the head of administration of the Georgian Interior Ministry Shota Khizanishvili.
Later the press service of the Southern Regional Border Department of FSB has also denied the information about the breakout of group of militants in the territory of the North Caucasian republics of the Russian Federation through the Pankisi Gorge.