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UN report: Russia shot down Georgian spy drone

A Russian air force jet shot down an unmanned Georgian spy drone over the country's breakaway Abkhazia province in April, UN monitors have said in a report. Tense relations between Russia and Georgia have flared up over the last month.

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MOSCOW  - A Russian air force plane was responsible
for shooting down an unmanned Georgian spy drone on
April 20, the United Nations monitoring mission in Georgia said
in a report released on Monday.


The report said radar records showed the aircraft headed
into Russian airspace after shooting down the Georgian plane
over Georgia's breakaway Abkhazia.


"Absent compelling evidence to the contrary, this leads to
the conclusion that the aircraft belonged to the Russian air
force," the UN report said.


Russia has denied any involvement in downing the spy plane,
saying it was shot down by anti-aircraft batteries operated by
Abkhazia's separatist administration.


Georgia's pro-Western leadership, which was already in
dispute with Moscow over its bid to join NATO and the status of
two Moscow-backed separatist regions, called the downing of the
aircraft an "act of international aggression."


Georgian officials last month released a video, recorded by
the spy plane's onboard camera before it was shot down, which
showed a fighter plane approaching it and then launching a
missile in its direction.

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