Georgia says Russia violates airspace again

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TBILISI, Nov 4 (Reuters) Russian military planes crossed into Georgian airspace today, the Georgian armed forces chief of staff said.

''Three military planes violated Georgia's airspace today,'' General Zaza Gogave told Georgia's Rustavi 2 television channel.

Gogave said the planes flew for less than one minute across approximately three kilometres of Georgian territory before crossing back into Russia.

Calls to the Russian Ministry of Defence for comment were not answered.

Relations between the two countries have been strained for more than a year, stemming from a spy row and Georgian wine import ban.

In August Georgia said its anti-aircraft defence system tracked an airspace incursion by Russian warplanes, which the Russian Ministry of Defence denied.

An unexploded missile landed near a Georgian village in early August, for which Russia denied responsibility.

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