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Georgian and Polish Presidents Say They Were Met With Gunfire At Russian Checkpoint

12/24/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

TBILISI, Georgia - Presidents Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia and Lech Kaczynski of Poland said they were met with machine-gun fire when they visited a Russian checkpoint near the South Ossetian boundary on Sunday. Russia denied the claim.

No one was harmed in the encounter, but Mr. Saakashvili said it should convince Europe that Russia was in "the most extreme violation" of a French-brokered ceasefire. Kakha Lomaya, secretary of Georgia's security council, said on Georgian television that Russia "endangered the life of our head of state and the president of a country that is part of the E.U. and NATO."

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