Defense Minister visited Georgian military base in Afghanistan
Minister of Defence of Georgia Dimitri Shashkini together with the MoD delegation visited Afghanistan. Defence Minister and Chief of Joint Staff of GAF Lieutenant-General Devi Chankotadze arrived in Helmand province to meet with the Georgian military servicemen deployed in the military base “Shukvani”.
The top brass of MoD met with the ISAF Commander of Regional Command Southwest Major General Charles M. Gurganus and Commander of Task Force RC (SW) Major General David H. Berger. They briefed the Ministry officials on the progress of the mission.The Georgian military participate in the ISAF mission in Helmand as part of the U.S. contingent. Side by side with the American marines they have been performing a full range of security operations for six months. Their main task is to combat terrorism, conduct patrolling for the safety of population and to set up mobile controls posts in the operating zone of the province.
The autumn session of the parliament of Georgia opens with a meeting of the bureau, this time in Tbilisi. The Tbilisi office of the parliament was reconstructed and the lawmakers have moved from Kutaisi to the capital, however, the parliament speaker says the major sessions will be held in Kutaisi office sometimes.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has slammed the NATO Secretary General for his statements made on Ukraine`s crisis. Lavrov says that the statements made by Rasmussen on Ukraine`s crisis mostly exceed his competence.
Russia plans to alter its military strategy - deputy secretary of Russia Security Council Mikheil Popov has said. Popov defined that the developments in Ukraine and NATO`s presence in Eastern Europe, as well as its anti-missile defence plan makes Russia change the military doctrine and make it more precise.
Four convicts at the Kutaisi prison have gone on hunger strike. Reportedly, one of them has even sewed his mouth and eyes in protest. The protestors call for the prosecutor`s office to revise their cases, asserting they are not guilty in the crimes, for which they were convicted.
Three peaceful residents of the Shida Kartli Region, who were arrested last week by the Russian occupants for alleged crossing of the so-called border line of the occupied Tskhinvali Region, have been released today.