Russia denies Georgian uranium charges

April 28, 2010 at 3:22 PM

TBILISI, Georgia, April 28 (UPI) -- Russia denied Georgian charges that highly enriched uranium is being smuggled into the Caucasus from Russia.

The Messenger reported Wednesday that Russian Foreign Ministry Andrei Nesterenko dismissed Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili's allegation as an "ungrounded accusation," further criticizing the Georgian administration for "almost every day" making statements about "all kinds of sins committed by Russia."

Nesterenko added: "As for the allegations that the Russian Federation has anything to do with the nuclear materials impounded by the Georgian police in March, we want to state that these statements are ungrounded and are based only on words.

"We would like to underline that officials in Tbilisi have no proof that Russia or any other state is linked with this incident. This makes us think that in this case we are dealing not with facts but a badly planned provocation.

"This is yet another attempt to inflate an anti-Russian political scandal. We can clearly see here an attempt to gain revenge for past defeats. It is obvious that the Georgian regime is not happy with the strengthening sovereignty of these two states. However Mr. Saakashvili should first of all blame himself for this. Nobody has done more than him to induce the withdrawal of Abkhazia and South Ossetia from Georgia."

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