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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Georgians Slam Russia




TBILISI, Georgia -- Georgians protested near Russia's embassy in Tbilisi, and Moscow sent experts to investigate a suspected bombing of a Georgian village by Russian warplanes.


An unidentified Su-25 and a MiG fighter entered Georgian airspace Monday and dropped bombs on the village of Zemo Omalo, in a mountainous region that borders the Russian republics of Dagestan and Chechnya, Georgia said.


The government has asked Russia's Foreign Ministry for "an immediate and exhaustive explanation of the incident'' in which three people were wounded, a Georgian official in Moscow said.


Georgia "has evidence that the planes penetrated Georgian airspace from the north, or from Russia,'' Interfax quoted the official as saying.


Russia's air force denied any link to the planes, but Russian military experts arrived Wednesday in Tbilisi to investigate the incident with Georgian officials.


On Tuesday, about 200 protesters waving signs that read "Russia must admit it is guilty'' and other slogans, gathered outside the Russian Embassy.


Russia's air force said it has used Su-25s and Su-24 bombers and helicopters against Islamic militants who captured several villages in Dagestan recently.