Notice that this is a DEFENSE system, so why should this be a ‘provocative move’?
It has been proven that Georgia has been the aggressor and started the war and not Russia.
Mikhail Saakashvili himself admitted that Georgia started it.
Provocative move in disputed territory draws angry response from Georgia two years after its war with Russia
Russia said today that it had deployed air defence missiles in the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia, sending a defiant signal to Tbilisi and the west two years after a war with Georgia.
The formidable S-300 missile system bolstered Moscow’s military presence in the disputed territory and drew an angry response from Georgia. General Alexander Zelin, the commander of Russia’s air force, said other air defences had been deployed in Georgia’s other Russian-backed rebel region, South Ossetia.
“The task of these air defences is … to avert violations of their state borders in the air…”
Wednesday 11 August 2010 19.12 BST
Source: The Guardian