Moscow says arrest of alleged Russian spies in Georgia part of “anti-Russian psychosis”

November 5th, 2010 - 9:41 pm ICT by BNO News  

MOSCOW (BNO NEWS) — Russia on Friday condemned as a “provocation” the arrest of four alleged Russian spies in Georgia, saying its part of a Georgian “anti-Russian psychosis” led by Georgian president, Mikheil Saakashvili.

“We are deeply angered by the reports about the arrests of Russian citizens in Georgia and we are currently studying the situation,” a Russian Foreign Ministry source told Interfax.

According to Moscow, the arrests were made “on the eve of the NATO-Russia summit in Lisbon and the OSCE summit in Astana to hurt Russia.” The detention of Russian citizens is “a provocation showing another worsening of the anti-Russian psychosis of the Georgian leadership,” the source said.

Georgia announced on Friday the arrest of thirteen people, including four Russians, for spying for Russia, a country that broke diplomatic relations with Tbilisi in August 2008.

Russian President Dmitri Medvedev has said that normalization of relations between both countries is impossible as long as Saakashvili remains in power, whose second presidential term expires in 2013.

Georgia severed diplomatic relations with Russia on August 26, 2008, the same day the Kremlin recognized the independence of the Georgians breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

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