"A number of Georgian mass media are spreading the information about the involvement of General Netkachev in the formation of armed units in the Adzharian Autonomous Republic and that he serves in the Russian army. In connection with this, the press service of the Russian Group of Troops in the Transcaucasia has been authorized to state that Lieutenant General Netkachev served in the Armed Forces of the USSR and the Russian Federation and was discharged from the Armed Forces of Russia in 1999," the press service says.
The headquarters of the Group of Russian Troops in the Transcaucasia has confirmed to the Novosti-Georgia news agency that until 1997 Lieutenant General Netkachev served in this Group.
Yesterday, representatives of the Georgian Prosecutor General's Office accused the general of forming armed units and building fortifications at the administrative border of Adzharia.
"General Netkachev takes a serious part in everything that is going on in Adzharia: in forming armed units and in training and equipping them; the plan of a fortified area on the Choloki River at the administrative border of Adzharia was drawn up with his participation," Georgian Prosecutor General Irakly Okruashvili told reporters in Tbilisi on Wednesday.