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12 October 2005 -- Russia's Foreign Ministry today criticized Georgia for threatening to demand the withdrawal of Russian peacekeepers from two of Georgia's separatist regions, Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
Georgia's parliament today threatened to end a peacekeeping deal with Russia in the two breakaway regions if Moscow continues to support what Tbilisi says is a policy of encouraging separatists.
The Russian Foreign Ministry today said that Georgia's threat is a "provocation" aimed at increasing tensions. The ministry said that Georgia is trying to "shift the blame" for the ongoing problem with Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
Russian peacekeepers have been in Abkhazia and South Ossetia since the early 1990s when they helped end local conflicts.
(Reuters/AP)For more news about events in Georgia, see RFE/RL's webpage News and Features on Georgia