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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ministry Demands Peacekeepers' Release

The Foreign Ministry said Thursday that troubled ties with Georgia could worsen further if Tbilisi did not release two Russian peacekeepers it detained last month.

On Aug. 29, Georgian police detained the peacekeepers in Georgia's breakaway South Ossetia region. Georgian officials say police acted only after the peacekeepers repeatedly detained locals and journalists in the conflict zone.

Georgia has given no reasonable explanation for "the violent actions of the Georgian law enforcement bodies against the peacekeepers," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The two peacekeepers are in custody while awaiting trial.

"This is not the first and, unfortunately, not the last case of illegal actions by [Russian] peacekeepers in the conflict zone," said David Bakradze, Georgian conflict settlement minister. "We will always disrupt such actions."