Mr. Shevarnadze said that such moves on the part of Georgia were 'premature and inadmissible'. He added that, 'The parliament may vote for it, yet such decisions are for the President to make'. The president also said that at this time he was against the withdrawal of Russia's peacemakers.
On Monday, August 26, the parliament of Georgia decided by a majority vote that the republic must quit the CIS and expel Russia's peacemakers from the conflict zone. The vote had been triggered by the alleged bombings of Georgian territory by Russia's aircraft.
The Ilyushin 20 (Il-20) military electronic reconnaissance aircraft of the Russian Air Force with 14 servicemen on board that went off radar screens off the coast of Syria was shot down by Syrian air defense systems over the Mediterranean Sea