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Russian Foreign Affairs Representative Responds to State Security Service Statement on Explosives

By Liza Mchedlidze
Friday, February 9, 2024
The official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Maria Zakharova, addressed the statement by the State Security Service of Georgia on February 5. According to the statement, up to 14 kg of explosive substance C-4 was found on Georgian territory. It was allegedly brought to Georgia from the Ukrainian city of Odessa via Romania, Bulgaria, and Turkey for export to the Russian city of Voronezh on January 19 of this year.

"This is not the first time that Georgia and its territory have been used by those who want to destabilize the situation in the post-Soviet space and resort to terrorist methods," Zakharova stated.

"I remind you of the recklessness of international terrorism in the South Caucasus, where international terrorists imported or attempted to import (sometimes successfully, sometimes prevented) weapons, ammunition, money, and drugs from the territory of Georgia. Terrorism, then and now, exemplified by the Ukrainian regime, is no longer 'perfect' in its characteristics," Zakharova said.

Zakharova did not clarify whether Moscow collaborates with the Georgian authorities in combating terrorist threats.

"Regarding the existence of Russian-Georgian interaction on anti-terrorist issues, we recommend that you contact the competent agencies of Russia for relevant comments," Zakharova noted.