Reuters, August 8th:
A missile that landed in Georgia was ditched, not fired, by a Russian jet as it fled Georgian airspace, a Georgian official said on Wednesday.
An investigation suggested the pilot did not fire but jettisoned the missile and fled after friendly forces in South Ossetia — which backs Russia — mistakenly fired an anti-aircraft missile at his jet.
“The pilot of the fighter jet decided to get rid of a guided missile he had on board,” said the official, who did not want to be identified. “That explains why it did not explode.”
A spokesman for Russia’s defense ministry dismissed that explanation.
A spokeswoman for South Ossetia’s separatist administration said it was “absurd,” and that its forces in the area only had light weapons.
A spokeswoman for the European Commission in Brussels said the full facts of the missile incident were not yet known.
Security watchdog the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is preparing a report which may shed light on the origin of the missile.