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Chief of Russia’s Spy Agency Warns of New Georgian War

In a very rare public interview commemorating the 91st anniversary of Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), Aleksandr Shlyakhturov, the head of the GRU, said that Georgia will likely attempt another attack at the breakaway republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Although Russia recognized the independence of the two republics after Russia repelled Georgian forces last year, only two other countries have also done so; most of the world recognizes South Ossetia and Abkhazia as part of Georgia.

Mr. Shlyakhturov said that tensions are high because Georgia refuses to recognize the independence of the two republics, and also sighted unpredictable Georgian leadership and small arms shipments going into Georgia from “new NATO members” in Eastern Europe.

Read more at RFE/RL.

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