The Ministry of defence of Georgia asserts that the helicopter of the Russian air force had violated the country’s airspace, having flown from South Ossetia and stayed there for a few minutes, wrote on Thursday, 10 December, the newspaper «Kommersant».
The Georgian authorities appealed to international organizations and, in particular, to the observers from the European Union, entered in the conflict zone after the five-day war in August 2008 in accordance with the so-called agreement Sarkozy-Medvedev, with a request to respond to «aggressive act of the Russian Federation».
According to the publication, the helicopter, flying at low altitude, was the first to notice the inhabitants of the village of Mereti–Zardiaantkari, which reported that the Georgian police, and they passed the information to the Ministry of defence and Ministry of foreign Affairs of the country.
Peacekeepers the EU has so far refrained from comments.
The Georgian foreign Ministry called the incident with the Russian helicopter «provocation». «This provocative act against a sovereign state is yet another proof that Russia ignores the fundamental norms of international law», – reads the statement of the Georgian vneshnepoliticheskogo office.
Editor in chief independent military-analytical magazine «Arsenal» Irakli Aladashvili suggested in an interview to “Kommersant” that the trespasser is, in his opinion, the helicopter Mi-8.