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ISRAELI ARMS SUPPLIES TO GEORGIA NOT "FROZEN"

RIA Novosti

TBILISI, February 21 (RIA Novosti) - Israel's arms sales to Georgia have never been a subject of Russian-Israeli talks, Israel's ambassador to Georgia Shaftai Tzuri has announced.

"Georgia and Israel are successfully developing cooperation in all areas, including the military sphere, and this cooperation will go on," he told journalists, commenting on Sunday reports in Russian mass media that Israel had suspended arms sales to Georgia.

The reports are not true, the Ambassador said.

Georgian State Minister for Euro-Atlantic Integration Georgy Baramidze on Sunday announced that Georgian-Israeli military and technical cooperation was ongoing.

"We cooperate closely on political and economic issues as well. I believe, in the future these contacts will become even closer," he said.

The Georgian Foreign Ministry released a special statement on Sunday. "The suspension of supplies of Israeli military equipment to Georgia has never been a subject of talks between Georgia and Russia or between Russia and Israel. Consequently, the Sunday reports in some Russian mass media quoting the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz are not true," reads the statement received by RIA Novosti.

On Sunday some Russian mass media quoted Ha'aretz as reporting that the Israeli Defense Ministry had ordered to "freeze" military exports to Georgia hoping that Russia would not supply Syria with missile systems that could target Israel.



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