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Georgia Accuses Russia Of Airspace Violation

19 September 2004 -- Georgia has accused Russia of violating Georgian airspace.

Georgian Defense Minister Georgi Baramidze said in Tbilsi that a Russian aircraft crossed into the Georgian region of Shatili on 19 September, near the border with Chechnya.

He said there was no legal basis for the intrusion, and that Tbilisi will respond to it through "diplomatic channels."

Also today, one of Georgia's regional police chiefs, Alexander Sukhitashvili, accused armed groups in the separatist South Ossetia region of firing on Georgian villages overnight. There were no reported casualties.