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Statement of the Georgian Foreign Ministry in reaction to recent baseless accusations spread by the Russian National Anti-Terrorism Committee

On the 10th of May 2012, the Russian National Anti-Terrorism Committee claimed to have foiled a plot to carry out terrorist acts in Sochi and accused Mr. Doku Umarov, whom they allege "has close contacts with Georgian special services", of co-ordinating the transfer of the weapons they seized.

Various Russian government agencies, high-ranking officials and apparently "anonymous" sources regularly spread similarly absurd and baseless propaganda and have never been able to present any reliable evidence to back up their accusations.

The Russian government has never brought up this issue at the Geneva talks despite the fact that the latter deal with such problems. The Russian government's decision to ignore this forum for discussion is proof that none of its accusations are based upon concrete facts and that they represent only a part of the Kremlin's anti-Georgian propaganda.

The Russian National Anti-Terrorism Committee's recent statement is particularly outrageous when one considers the Russian special services' plans to carry out acts of terrorism in Georgia as well as in its occupied territories. As is well known, such acts have led to the death of three people over the past two years. The most recent one was foiled several days ago by Georgian law enforcement bodies in Zugdidi.

As opposed to the Russian government, the Georgian government has repeatedly brought up the issue of acts of terrorism planned by Russia's special services at the Geneva talks and, through the Swiss Embassy, has communicated information based upon concrete evidence to the Russian delegation in Geneva. The Georgian government has also repeatedly offered Moscow its co-operation in investigating these acts despite the fact that the Russian government has never expressed any interest in taking part in these investigations.

This deplorable incident demonstrates that it is very important that the international community react appropriately to such insinuations in order to prevent Russia's attempts to carry out destructive actions in Georgia and to destabilize the Caucasus and the Black Sea region as a whole.


Tbilisi, 10 May 2012


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