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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Georgia Shows Phone Records

TBILISI, Georgia — Georgia released recordings Tuesday of conversations that it says show that Russian troops entered South Ossetia before Georgia unleashed its offensive against the separatist region last month.

The release of the recordings aimed to counter Russia's claim that Georgia was the aggressor and to turn the tables against Moscow in the battle for the moral high ground after a five-day war. The government said the recordings are intercepted mobile phone calls between two South Ossetian border guards. It says they show that Russian tanks and troops entered South Ossetia many hours before the Georgian offensive began late on Aug. 7.

The recordings were first released to The New York Times, which carried a report Tuesday.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko dismissed the Georgian claim as "not serious." He said any major troop movements would have been easily tracked by satellites used by NATO nations.