On the 27th of November, 21:20 hours, six Su-25 type Russian military jets have violated
Georgian airspace and bombed territories adjacent to the village Birkiani, Akhmeta district.
These jets penetrated the Georgian airspace for the distance of 50 km and remained there for
about 30 minutes. At the same night Russian military helicopters conducted several air strikes
on the territory adjacent to Chechen and Ingush segments of the Georgian-Russian State Bor-
der, including outskirts of villages Terga, Arkhoti, Kue, Zemo Omalo, Akhieli and Amgha.
The data on the human loss and property damage caused by the air strikes will be adjusted
Today on 12:35 the intrusion of two Su-25-type military jets en route from the Russian Fed-
eration was marked in Kodori Gorge. Jets flew over Mestia and returned back.
Such actions of the Russian military forces can only be evaluated as an undisguised aggres-
sion against the sovereign neighboring State.
Simultaneously, especially alarming is that aforesaid is conducted on the threshold of CIS
Summit and planned meeting between the Presidents of Georgia and the Russian federation.
We cannot exclude that the above mentioned actions are attempts of the destructive forces
aimed against possible positive outcome of the Presidential meeting.
The Georgian side regards that due to disdain of the numerous Georgian protests regarding
the facts of encroachment on the sovereignty by the Russian political leadership the aforesaid
became possible. The outcome of this acts conducted by the Russian side, if not suppressed on
time, may only deepen the instability in the Caucasus region. One must not neglect such
threats. The International Community must raise its voice against the coarse violation of in-
ternationally accepted basic principles of peaceful co-existence.
The ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia expresses utmost resentment and while appealing
to the Russian leadership categorically demands to cease the oft-recurring aggression against
Herewith, if this kind of actions will continue, Georgia reserves the right to conduct adequate
steps provided by the norms of international law.
On October 9, 2001, at 5:10am, unidentified combat helicopters appeared from the direction
of the village of Sakeni, flew over the village of Omarishara and bombed the Kodori Gorge
(area of the villages of Lata and Chkhalta).
The same day, at approximately 6:00am, four SU-25 jets flew over the village of Sakeni, car-
ried out a massive bomb attack on the nearby barns and other summer utilities of the village
and proceeded to the direction of the Russian Federation. Several bombs were also dropped 2
kilometers away from the village of Omarishara. The damage assessment team has been dis-
patched to the region.
The violation of the airspace of Georgia and the bomb attack on its territory is viewed by the
Georgian Government as an infringement on its sovereignty and an attempt by some forces to
subvert the process of the peaceful settlement of the conflict in Abkhazia, Georgia.
The Government of Georgia deems it necessary to remind the international community that
the bomb attacks against Georgia have repeatedly taken place in the past as well, but regretta-
bly, in spite of the protests expressed by Georgia, these facts were dismissed without appro-
It is not a mere coincidence that these actions are being carried out at the time of intense and
spurious anti-Georgian propagandist campaign launched by the mass media of the Russian
There is no doubt that Georgia is facing a large-scale and a well-planned provocation. If this
provocation is not curbed immediately, it may well grow into the aggression aimed against the
Georgia calls on the Russian Federation to conduct a thorough investigation with a view to
ascertaining the movement of the military aircraft in the airspace of the Russian Federation
which carried out attacks on the Georgian territory and also demands that the Russian side
prevent the use of its airspace by the Abkhaz separatists.
Georgia expresses its readiness to cooperate with any international commission whatsoever
which would investigate the latest developments in Abkhazia, Georgia, including the tragic
crash of the helicopter of the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) in
The Georgian Government expresses its resentment and protest at the above mentioned inci-
dent and appeals to the international community, United Nations and OSCE to take all neces-
sary measures to firmly condemn such provocative actions in order to prevent the further de-
terioration of the situation in Georgia.
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