The Ministry of Defense calls the reports suggesting the Ministry of Defense of Georgia sold the personal files of reserve officers to the special services of the Russian Federation a lie.
The agency issued a statement saying that after the dismissal of military servicemen from the defense forces, their personal files are not kept in material form in the structural units of the Ministry of Defense or Defense Forces of Georgia. The agency says the personal files are sent to the relevant structures of the municipalities.
“We would like to respond to the absurd and purposefully spread disinformation against the Ministry of Defense and the Defense Forces of Georgia, which is aimed at deceiving the public, discrediting government agencies and promoting narrow partisan interests. In particular, Main Channel aired a TV story claiming that the Ministry of Defense of Georgia allegedly sold the personal files of reserve officers to the special services of the Russian Federation. Later the National Movement and its satellite parties, based on the mentioned disinformation, tried to earn political points. The said information is false and no part of it is true. In particular, after the dismissal of military servicemen from the defense forces, their personal files are not kept in the material form in the structural units of the Ministry of Defense or Defense Forces of Georgia. The agency says the personal files are sent to the relevant structures of the municipalities.
“The personal file of Mikheil Kamkhadze was sent from the Ministry of Defense to the relevant district commissariat and is kept there. In this way, it is impossible for reserve officers’ personal files to leak from any agency. The relevant service will establish whether the documents shown in the media footage were actually the personal file of the military officer and how they were found in Ukraine.
“The Main Channel requested information from the Ministry of Defense, however, the author of the TV story and the National Movement did not wait for verified and accurate information to be provided by the Ministry within the deadlines set by the law and chose to spread disinformation, which indicates that they wanted to achieve narrow partisan goals at the expense of the Georgian military. It is a pity that the Main Channel and the National Movement continue their targeted disinformation campaign against the Ministry of Defense and Defense Forces of Georgia.
“We call on media outlets and political leaders to refrain from spreading unverified information. Such misinformation only creates tension in the society, whereas there is no basis for it,” the Ministry of Defense says in its statement.
For the record, the Main Channel reported that the personal case of a Georgian officer was obtained by the Russian special services. The TV company reported that the occupation regime has full access to Mikheil Kamkhadze’s data, which should have been kept in the Ministry of Defense.