Russia blasts Israel for arming Georgia

Russia has condemned Israel for its alleged role in supplying Georgian military forces with sophisticated weapons and elite training.

"Israel armed and trained the Georgian army," Russian Deputy Chief of General Staff Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn told a press conference in Moscow on Tuesday.

He further noted that Israel provided Tbilisi with "military vehicles, explosives, landmines and special explosives for the clearing minefields."

Georgia's Deputy Defense Minister Batu Kutelia had earlier denied Israelis' involvement in training Georgian forces, saying "Georgian troops train with German officers and the naval force work with French instructors."

The Russia-Georgia conflict erupted after Georgia launched a major offensive against the

independence-seeking province of South Ossetia on August 8.

Russia, the main ally of South Ossetia, responded by sending in armed convoys and military combat aircraft to repel Georgian army.

[Source: Press TV, Irn, 20Aug08]

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