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Georgia Allows Russian Diplomat To Visit Jailed Spy Suspect

Georgian police detain an unidentified man accused of spying for Russia, in Batumi, in a video released on November 5.
TBILISI -- Georgia says it has allowed a representative of the Russian Consulate to meet with a Russian citizen detained on charges of espionage, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Nino Kalandadze told journalists in Tbilisi today that Georgian authorities had also satisfied Russia's request for information about all the detained individuals allegedly caught spying for Russia.

Kalandadze said Tbilisi was ready to allow Russian officials to meet other Russian citizens in Georgian custody who have been charged with espionage.

Earlier this month, Georgian officials announced the arrest of 13 individuals suspected of spying for Russia. Four of the detained suspects are Russian citizens and nine are Georgian nationals.

Russia and Georgia broke off diplomatic relations after the August 2008 war over the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia.

Russia recognized South Ossetia and Georgia's other breakaway region, Abkhazia, as independent in 2008. Three other countries have since followed Moscow's example.

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