MOSCOW (NPR)–Officials with the republic of Georgia on Tuesday said two Russian fighter jets violated Georgian airspace and fired a missile — an accusation that the Russia’s deny.
Georgian Interior Ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili said two Russian Su-24 bombers illegally entered Georgia’s airspace Monday night over the Gori region, about 35 miles northwest of the capital, and fired a missile that landed 25 yards from a house on the edge of the village of Shavshvebi.
The missile did not explode, Utiashvili said. "If it had exploded, it would have been a catastrophe," he said. Experts are discussing what to do with the missile, which weighs about a ton, he said.
The incident is the latest dispute between Russia and Georgia, a former Soviet republic.
The Georgian Foreign Ministry summoned the Russian ambassador to give him Tbilisi’s formal protest, calling the intrusion and firing of the missile "undisguised aggression and a gross violation of sovereignty of the country."