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Russia to pull out troops from Georgia Monday, 18 August, 2008

Posted by Farbod in News.

Press TV – Russia to pull out troops from Georgia.

Sun, 17 Aug 2008 21:23:54 GMT

Dmitry Medvedev

Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev says Moscow will start gradual withdrawal of its troops from Georgia as early as next week.

After meeting with German chancellor Angela Merkel, Medvedev said the Russian troops will start pulling out of Georgia on Monday, in order to let the latest truce take place in the Caucasus, AFP reported.

The announcement comes as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday that Russia has no specific timetable to leave Georgia due to instability in the region.

Lavrov noted that Russia remains committed to providing security for South Ossetians ‘As long as needed’.

Georgia’s President Mikheil Saakashvili, whose invasion of South Ossetia earned him a humiliating blow, has called for international monitoring of the pullout.

Regular Russian troops have already started pulling out of the Georgian town of Gori, an artery that links the capital Tbilisi with major black sea port of Poti where most US-EU aid and battle ships could dock.

Russia has also expressed concern over increasing US-NATO involvement in the region and recently condemned the US for its war-mongering rhetoric against Russia.

The United States strongly supports Georgia’s NATO membership bid, which faced strong opposition from Russia. Moscow has repeatedly opposed the eastward expansion of the alliance.

Washington recently signed a deal with Warsaw to deploy a missile defense shield on Polish soil, in exchange for upgrading Poland’s military.

Russia, in return, said Sunday that it was considering plans to arm its Baltic fleet with nuclear warheads.

“In view of America’s determination to set up a missile defense shield in Europe, the military is reviewing all its plans to give Washington an adequate response,” a senior military source in Moscow told the London-based Sunday Times.

Conflict in the Caucasus broke out on August 8 when Georgia used its military to gain full control of South Ossetia, which has been seeking independence since the 1991 collapse the Soviet Union.



1. Andrjew - Monday, 18 August, 2008

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