Russian military officer, Yevgeny Borisov, whom Tbilisi suspects of ordering series of blasts in Georgia last autumn, has not been in Abkhazia since August 2010 and could not have been involved in organizing those explosions, Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokesman, Alexander Lukashevich, said on March 31.
Speaking at a news conference Lukashevich said that Maj. Borisov joined Russian peacekeeping forces stationed at the time in Abkhazia under the aegis of Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in 2008; before the August, 2008 war he was in charge of liaison with the Georgian law enforcement officers, Lukashevich said. According to him, after the August war Maj. Borisov became a serviceman of the Russian military base in Abkhazia and was in charge of liaison with EU monitors in Georgia through a hotline.
Lukashevich said that Maj. Borisov left Abkhazia on August 15, 2010 upon the expiration of his contract.
“Naturally Maj. Borisov could not have been involved in explosions,” the Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokesman said. “The Georgian side was informed about it in early March.”
In December Georgia passed a note to Switzerland, acting as a mediator between Georgia and Russia amid cut diplomatic ties, requesting to solicit for contacts with the Russian prosecutor’s office to interrogate Maj. Borisov in connection to his alleged involvement in the series of blasts in Georgia between September and November, 2010.
Upon Georgia’s request Interpol issued “red notice” to assist in the arrest of Maj. Borisov, who is wanted in Georgia for terrorism charges.
“Red notice” allows arrest warrants issued by national police authorities to be circulated to other countries to facilitate arrests and help possible extradition.
“Continuation of fabricated allegations by Georgia, especially in conjunction with Interpol’s counterterrorism activities, causes bewilderment and regret,” the Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokesman said.