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Georgian President Urges Peaceful Solution to Russian Missile Row


Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili says his country does not want confrontation with Russia following an alleged Russian missile attack near a Georgian village.

Mr. Saakashvili Friday said he is prepared to cooperate with Moscow to resolve security issues between the two countries.

Georgia has asked the United Nations Security Council to investigate the missile incident, but council members say there is a lack of adequate information into what happened.

Georgia has accused Russian jets of entering Georgian airspace Monday and firing a missile near a village just outside the pro-Russian breakaway region of South Ossetia.

The missile did not explode and no one was injured.

Russia denies the charge. It says Georgia concocted the story to discredit Russia and derail recent progress in Georgian-Russian relations.

South Ossetia declared independence in the early 1990s, sparking a war. Georgia accuses Russian peacekeepers of backing the separatists and vows to bring South Ossetia back under central Georgian control.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.

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