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Russian Jets Enter Georgian Air Space

Sunday, 07 Sep 2008 04:55 PM

By Stewart Stogel

NEW YORK -- Russian military jets intruded into Georgian air space on Sunday morning, says the government in Tblisi.

In an e-mail to Newsmax, Georgian government sources claim that two unidentified Russian jets (presumed to be MiG-31s) entered the country at 11:20 a.m. Sunday morning and flew in the vicinity of Tskhinvali and Shatili for about 45 minutes.

Both areas are in close proximity to regions Russian forces have occupied since the Aug. 8 invasion.

It is assumed the Russian jets were on a reconnaissance mission.

There was no immediate response from the White House or the Pentagon on the latest Georgian claims.

The White House has decried the Russian military invasion as "illegal" and has demanded an unconditional withdrawal by the Kremlin.

The U.S. demands have been ignored by the Russian Federation, which recently declared it intended to "absorb" the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

The Russian action comes just days after Vice President Dick Cheney visited the Georgian capital and U.S. Navy ships paid a "courtesy" call to a Georgian Black Sea port.

President Bush is expected to meet with embattled Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili when both are at the United Nations the week of Sept. 23.

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