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pampango Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-26-08 07:49 AM
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9. Russian troops still in Poti. Haven't withdrawn to the "buffer zones" there.
"Russian troops are also still in the Georgian port city of Poti, which is well outside the buffer zone and serves as the country's main link to the Black Sea."

Russia says its troops are allowed to stay in the buffer zone around South Ossetia under the terms of a ceasefire brokered by French president Nicolas Sarkozy.

The ships will be carrying humanitarian supplies but Russia says their mission is 'highly dubious'.

Several other warships from the NATO military alliance are also now in the Black Sea for war games planned before fighting flared between Georgia and Russia."

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/08/24/2344712.h...
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Another report indicated that Russia was conducting "missile tests" in the Black Sea - also, "planned before the fighting" undoubtedly.

Russia has withdrawn into its agreed to buffer zone in all of Georgia except for the port city of Poti. Interestingly, Poti is also the terminus of the oil/gas pipeline through Georgia to the Black Sea.
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