Georgia has documented evidence that Russia has illegally introduced combat vehicles and servicemen in the much-troubled breakaway region of Abkhazia, President Mikhail Saakashvili claimed Wednesday as he met with medics in Tbilisi.
"Georgian authorities have a documented evidence that Russia has introduced several dozen armored vehicles and artillery units in Abkhazia in the past few days," he said. "Also, several dozen airborne troops have been introduced in the town of Ochamchira, and these soldiers are not part of the /Russian/ peacekeeping contingent there."
"Georgia has reported these facts to the international community and to foreign ambassadors accredited in Tbilisi, while our ambassador to the UN is informing the UN officials on this situation," Saakashvili said.
In the meantime, Chief of Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, General Yuri Baluyevsky refuted Georgia’s claims about the introduction of defense vehicles and manpower in Abkhazia.
"Quite on the contrary, Russia is pulling its forces out of Georgia and the last echelon is due to leave that country November 15," he said.