Russia Pulls Troops Out of Georgian Port

Withdrawal follows terms of EU-backed deal
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Sep 13, 2008 7:13 AM CDT
Holding Georgian flags children welcome President Mikhail Saakashvili as he visits the town of Gori, northwest of the capital Tbilisi, Georgia, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008.    (AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov)
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(Newser) – Russia is withdrawing troops and vehicles from the Georgian port of Poti and other undisputed areas of the country in accordance with an EU-brokered ceasefire plan, the BBC reports. Trucks left Russian bases established in August, headed toward the breakaway Abkhazia region; troops are likely to remain there and in South Ossetia, another separatist area.

Russia has “fulfilled the commitment” to withdraw from Poti and surrounding areas by Monday, a Georgian official told the AP. The EU deal calls for Russia to complete its pullout from the country—not including the breakway regions—after EU monitors arrive October 1.