Russian planes have not violated Georgia's airspace, Russian
ambassador Yuri Popov said Wednesday.
"I can say Russian aircraft were not involved in the incident in
Georgia's airspace ... Now it is unknown whose plane it was. But
I'm 100-percent convinced that no Russian aircraft penetrated
Georgia's territory," Popov was quoted by the Itar-Tass news agency
as saying by telephone.
The Russian diplomat is currently in the South Ossetian capital
Tskhinvali to investigate the incident on Monday.
Georgian Interior Ministry spokesman Shota Ustiashvili said
earlier on Tuesday that two Russian fighter jets on Monday evening
"violated Georgian airspace and dropped a rocket near the
Tsitelubani settlement" that did not explode and caused no
The air-to-ground rocket fell "several dozen meters from a
highway and houses of rural dwellers, and nobody has been hurt."
Ustiashvili was quoted as saying. The village is located some 15 km
from the city of Gori and is close to the South Ossetia region.
Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili called on European
countries to condemn Russia for an alleged missile attack on its
territory. Saakashvili visited the wreckage of the missile
following claims it was launched from a Russian fighter jet.
"It's not just a problem for Georgia. It's a threat to Georgian
security, but also a major risk to European security," Saakashvili
Also on Wednesday, Irakli Chikovani, Georgia's deputy permanent
representative to the UN said Georgia is seeking a special meeting
of the UN Security Council to address its missile dispute with
Speaking at a press conference at the UN headquarters, Chikovani
described the missile incident, in which a missile landed in
Georgia on Monday, as an "act of aggression" by Russian
He said Georgia could not tolerate such offenses against its
citizens and sovereignty and would request the Security Council
president to convene a special meeting to address the matter.
He would meet later Wednesday with officials of the Republic of
the Congo, the 15-member council's president for August, in order
to formally request the meeting.
Georgia was also calling for a high-level investigation by the
UN Security Council of Monday's missile incident, he added.
But Russia has denied attacking Georgia. The Russian Foreign
Ministry said none of its fighter jets were in the area, adding
that its peacekeepers in South Ossetia did see an unknown plane
fire a missile but it came from inside Georgian territory.
Russia has demanded an investigation into the reported violation
of Georgian airspace by Russian fighters.
(Xinhua News Agency August 9, 2007)