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Russian TV Reporters Attacked in Georgia Amid Heightened Tensions – Reports

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The film crew of a Russian state-run television channel was attacked in Georgias capital on Saturday amid a flare-up in tensions between the two countries, Russian media have reported.

Tensions between Russia and Georgia were ignited after a Russian lawmakers speech in the Georgian parliament set off mass protests in Tbilisi on Thursday. Demonstrators violently clashed with police, resulting in more than 200 people injured, including foreign and local journalists.

Rossia 24 correspondent Stanislav Bernwald had been interviewing the owner of a travel agency in Tbilisi about President Vladimir Putins suspension of Russian flights to Georgia.

Video shows two men attempt to start a fight with Bernwald and his cameraman before the travel agency owners spouse steps in and tells the attackers to leave. The attackers spat in the film crews faces and shouted nationalist slogans, Bernwald said.

Later, a man can be seen kicking another man on the ground, but its not clear who the individuals are.

In a statement Saturday, Russias Foreign Ministry said that “aggressive-minded radical individuals” were behind the attack attempt and demanded that Georgian authorities ensure the safety of both Russian journalists and citizens in the country.

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