Thursday, March 5, 2009

Israel still arming Georgia

South Ossetian President Eduard Kokoity says Georgia has started to boost its military might, importing weapons from Israel and France.

According to Kokoity, the import of Israeli arms began after the last August war between the country and Russia, RIA Novosti reported on Wednesday.

In a move to advance its military capability, the country recently bought 8 warships from Israel, he added.

Kokoity also said that Georgia had signed contracts with France to equip the country's air force with espionage and electronic warfare systems such as anti-aircraft system and mid-range mobile radars.

The South Ossetian President added that Israel has not stopped sending arms to Georgia despite Russia's protest.

Both the Georgian President, Mikheil Saakashvili and Reintegration Minister, Temur Yakobashvili had earlier dismissed reports that Israel had not frozen its arms sale to the country. "I haven't heard anything about that ... and the Israeli weapons have proved very effective," said Saakashvili.

Tbilisi launched an attack on South Ossetia last August in order to retake its control over the region, which broke away in early 1990s.

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