Thu, Sep 07, 2006
Province Says It Will Shoot Down Unidentified Planes
The breakaway Georgian province of
Ossetia has been in the news lately, after a series of
attacks on Georgian military helicopters overflying its territory.
But it's not the only former Soviet state warning unidentified
aircraft to stay out... or else.
That province is called Abkhazia... and now, authorities
there say they'll shoot to kill any aircraft that violates its
"If any aircraft violates the republic's airspace without
notifying air traffic controlling services, weapons will be used to
destroy them," said Abkhaz Defense Minister Sultan Sosnaliyev.
"First measures will be taken to force them to land, but if the
crew fails to comply, we will have to open fire at them."
That also goes for any aircraft that approaches what the
minister calls a "vital" installation... or in any other way fails
to follow established procedures.
"The Abkhaz armed forces will respond immediately if our air
boundaries are violated," Sosnaliyev told Interfax Wednesday.
Consider yourself warned.
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