Photo: AP
'Goergia violating truce.' Nogovitsyn
Photo: AP

Russian official reveals Israeli military assistance to Georgia

Deputy chief of staff holds press conference in Moscow, details extent of Israeli aide to Georgian army; blames latter for breaching ceasefire agreement

General Anatoly Nogovitsyn, deputy chief of staff of the Russian Military revealed Tuesday the extent of the military assistance Moscow claimed Jerusalem had given Georgia.


"Israel armed the Georgian army," he told reported at a press conference held in the Russian capital.


According to Nogovitsyn, Israel provided Georgia with "eight types of military vehicles, explosives, landmines and special explosives for the clearing minefields."


Since 2007, he continued, Israeli experts have been training Georgian commando troops; and Israel had planned to supply Georgia with heavy firearms, electronic weapons and tanks, but that plan was eventually scrapped.


Nogovitsyn stressed that despite reports to the contrary, Russia began pulling its troops form Georgia on Monday, claiming further that the withdrawal will be accelerated on Wednesday.


Georgia, he added, was in breach of the ceasefire agreement, since is had not pulled its troops to the positions they held prior to the conflict.


פרסום ראשון: 08.19.08, 15:32
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