Friday, August 13, 2010
Russia Admits to Deploying Missiles in Abkhazia
Russia deployed high-precision S-300 air defense systems in the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia, sending a defiant signal to Tbilisi and the West two years after a war with Georgia. The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement declaring that the deployment of the defense system does not in any way contradict Russia’s international obligations and that its main purpose is purely defensive in nature. France, an ex-intermediary in the settlement of the five-day conflict between Russian and Georgia, issued a statement declaring that the missile system deployments are harmful for stability in the region.