Protests have been under way for nearly two weeks in the Russian republic of Ingushetia over a land-swap deal with neighboring Chechnya.
Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Grigory Karasin, has blamed the country of Georgia for upsetting attempts to make peace and restore diplomatic ties in the wake of the 2008 conflict.
“Tbilisi has turned down all our offers to restore diplomatic ties and continues its hostile actions against us on the international scale, contributing to the NATO strategy of containing Russia,” he told the Izvestia newspaper.
Russian military column recently spotted in Ingushetia as Chechnya border tension increases + "Tbilisi has turned down all our offers to restore diplomatic ties &continues its hostile actions against us…contributing NATO strategy of containing Russia" https://t.co/I01cWfIlHV pic.twitter.com/SmU48EWWIM
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US President Donald Trump’s Security Advisor John Bolton stated in Tbilisi that Georgia is of the highest strategic importance for the US.