“A pilot who went off course and 10 violations of the state border”: Kochiev on the results of the meeting in the IPRM format


The South Ossetian delegation raised the issues of violation of the Republic’s airspace at the meeting held on Tuesday within the framework of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanisms (IPRM) in the village of Ergnet.

As Yegor Kochiev, Deputy Presidential Envoy for post-conflict resolution and the head of the South Ossetian delegation to the IPRM, told reporters, the issue was raised within this format at almost every meeting.

“Recently, the Georgian side has begun to acknowledge the facts of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) arriving on the territory of our Republic, but, nevertheless, it is trying to shift responsibility to others, including the South Ossetian side,” Kochiev said.

According to him, the photos and videos that the Georgian segment of social networks is full of prove that the drones are coming from their side.

“In addition, they are filming the South Ossetian territory, in particular, Tskhinval was also got into the shots",” Kochiev said.

He has noted that in addition to the UAV, a case of arrival of a manned vehicle was recorded, which was also discussed at the meeting.

“Based on the response from the Georgian party, we understand that the pilot most likely lost his way. After he understood where to fly, the pilot left the airspace of the Republic and headed for his destination,” added the Deputy Envoy.

Kochiev said that the South Ossetian party had raised many important issues at today’s meeting, including violations of the state border.

“Over the past period, 10 violations of the state border were recorded. All citizens were expelled from the Republic because they violated the border for the first time or unknowingly,” the head of the South Ossetian delegation has clarified.

The next meeting within the IPRM is scheduled for November 1, and a technical meeting is also planned.

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