Next part of the 31st battalion of the III Infantry Brigade of the GAF returned to Georgia from Afghanistan. The officials of the Defence Ministry welcomed the returned soldiers at the Alekseevka military airport. They congratulated the military on peaceful returng to homeland and successful completion of ISAF mission.
Military servicemen of the 31st Battalion carried out ISAF mission on the base “Leatherneck” in the province of Helmand during 7 months. Georgian contingent performed full spectrum operations in Afghanistan under the support of U.S. Marines. Their main task was to conduct patrolling in their operational area and setting up mobile control posts for security of local population. 31st Battalion will return to the motherland stage by stage. 300 soldiers of the Battalion arrived in Georgia several days ago. The Battalion will completely return to Georgia till the end of month. They are replaced in Afghanistan by the military personnel of 23rd Battalion of II Infantry Brigade.
The autumn session of the parliament of Georgia opens with a meeting of the bureau, this time in Tbilisi. The Tbilisi office of the parliament was reconstructed and the lawmakers have moved from Kutaisi to the capital, however, the parliament speaker says the major sessions will be held in Kutaisi office sometimes.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has slammed the NATO Secretary General for his statements made on Ukraine`s crisis. Lavrov says that the statements made by Rasmussen on Ukraine`s crisis mostly exceed his competence.
Russia plans to alter its military strategy - deputy secretary of Russia Security Council Mikheil Popov has said. Popov defined that the developments in Ukraine and NATO`s presence in Eastern Europe, as well as its anti-missile defence plan makes Russia change the military doctrine and make it more precise.
Four convicts at the Kutaisi prison have gone on hunger strike. Reportedly, one of them has even sewed his mouth and eyes in protest. The protestors call for the prosecutor`s office to revise their cases, asserting they are not guilty in the crimes, for which they were convicted.
Three peaceful residents of the Shida Kartli Region, who were arrested last week by the Russian occupants for alleged crossing of the so-called border line of the occupied Tskhinvali Region, have been released today.