Georgian Defense Minister David Tevzadze assured on Saturday that the country's armed forces did not intend to interfere with politics.
Tevazadze stated that "the armed forces are not a means to use in the intra-political struggle. Revolution, counterrevolution were the terms used in internal politics with which the army would not interfere." He made that statement in response to reports in Georgian mass media on a military rebellion allegedly being prepared in the country.
The Georgian defense ministry possesses information that "former military figures dissatisfied with social conditions and full of political ideas might exert political influence on military units and the ministry is verifying that information." According to him, in the last few days he visited a number of military garrisons and met with military personnel there.
The minister stressed that the Georgian defense ministry was working according to the plan agreed with the president of the country or with "a person acting as the president of the country."
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