Russian defence minister Sergei Ivanov said that the Georgian authorities were not ready for joint anti-terrorist efforts in the Caucasus. Speaking Thursday at a press conference in London, Ivanov stressed, "We see no attempts or enthusiasm of the Georgian authorities to regain control over the Pankisi Gorge". According to Ivanov, the Georgian authorities have no real control over the gorge. "This is a fact of life," stressed the minister. The Russian defence minister remarked that the aforementioned part of Georgia had been occupied by terrorists and served as a financial, information and other source o f support for terrorists and mercenaries fighting in Chechnya. Ivanov said that consultations on fighting terror are fruitful when the other side is willing to cooperate.
If one assumes that the two people who gave the interview indeed work for Russian special services, then they acted very unprofessionally and risky
Representatives of the Russian Defence Ministry said that the missile that shot down the passenger Boeing 777 aircraft over the Donbass on July 17, 2014, was manufactured in 1986