The South Ossetian side again expressed concern regarding outbreaks of non-typical pandemic diseases of humans and animals in Georgia, as well as the so called ‘Lugar Laboratory’ located on the territory of Georgia, and the increased rate of outbreaks of dangerous pandemics in South Ossetia
The Foreign Minister of Finland Timo Soini told Sergei Lavrov he would be glad if Russia joined the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats.
According to Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini, he did not propose Russia to join the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats, but it was Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov himself who told that Russia would be interested in cooperating with the centre. Soini had not commented Lavrov's proposal.
Participation in the centre is open only to the EU Member States and NATO Allies and it counters hybrid threats from Russia and other actors.