Merabishvili said he was publicizing the incident now because of frustration with Russia's lack of cooperation in the case.
An official with Russia's Federal Atomic Energy Agency quoted by Interfax confirmed the arrest. But he said the sample of smuggled uranium Georgia presented to Russia was too small to determine the substance's country of origin.
He said Georgia failed to provide a larger sample despite Russia's repeated requests.
(Interfax, dpa, AP)
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