President Saakashvili told BBC that uncovering of Russian spy network in Georgia demonstrated that the Russian "intelligence community" was not in good shape and that the Russian government apparatus should learn how to reform its institutions from Georgia.
Saakashvili said in remarks, which are his first public comments on the matter, that Russia had done “all the damage they could have inflicted” on Georgia and he did not think uncovering of the alleged spy network can make things “any worse.”
“From this point on, from this lowest point, hopefully things can get better. But that doesn't mean we should turn a blind eye to subversion, spies, provocation, and we'd better react to it," he told BBC.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on November 5, that Tbilisi’s “spy story” was “a provocation” aimed at attracting attention ahead of NATO Lisbon and OSCE Astana summits.
Georgian foreign minister, Grigol Vashadze, said on November 8, that with the exposure of Russian spy network in Georgia, Moscow had suffered yet another failure.
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