As if violating the Ukrainian airspace wasn’t enough, a Russian Mi-8 Hip and UAV violated the Georgian airspace.
According to Georgia’s Foreign Ministry, on Mar. 6, at about 12:20 LT, an Mi-8 utility chopper departed from South Ossetia, where Russia has maintained some forward operating bases since the 2008’s war with Georgia, flew over several villages located to the northeast of Tbilisi, the capital town of Georgia.
The chopper was followed later on the same day (at 18.22 LT), by a Russian unspecified unmanned aerial vehicle nased in Abkhazia, intruded the Georgian airspace and flew over the village of Khurcha, near Zugdidi, on the country’s eastern side, near the Black Sea.
The reason of the airspace violations are unknown, but they are a sign of an intense activity by the Russian Armed Forces, not only in Ukraine, but in the whole Black Sea region.
Image credit: Alan Wilson
Déjà vu all over again.
Quiet significant move, Putin is testing the will of the west to react to military and economic (Cutting gas) moves. This will probably also take to a deep review of NATO defense strategy. In recent years almost all European nations, expecting a peaceful relation with Russia, have cut back on their military in same fields in a very dramatic way like with the tank force.
What will? Just a bunch of peace for our times loons. Gee, How’d THAT work out for the world? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FO725Hbzfls