Tuesday, Sept 9, 2008
Russia says it will keep 7,600 troops in Georgia’s breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia after withdrawing from the rest of the country.
On Monday, Russia agreed to withdraw its troops from positions within Georgia, taken up during the recent conflict, by mid-October.
But President Dmitry Medvedev ordered that military bases be maintained in South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
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Russia also says it has established formal diplomatic ties with them.
The move followed a decision – condemned by the US and EU but defined as “irrevocable” by Moscow – to recognise South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states.
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said troops were expected to remain in the two regions “for the foreseeable future”.
This article was posted: Tuesday, September 9, 2008 at 1:14 pm