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Russian, Georgian Talks End Without Results


EU representative Pierre Morel speaks at the press conference after the talks

EU representative Pierre Morel speaks at the press conference after the talks

Georgian and Russian officials met for security talks in Geneva on July 1 -- the sixth such meeting since their five-day war in August 2009.

No agreements were reached during the meeting, but the two countries have agreed to meet again on September 17 in Geneva.

The meeting, held under the auspices of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the European Union, and the United Nations, also included representatives from the Georgian breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

The meeting came a day after the OSCE officially closed its observer mission in Georgia and UN monitors began pulling out of Abkhazia. Russia, which recognizes the two regions as independent, had refused to renew the mandate of both missions.

Russia started this week its annual large-scale military exercises across parts of its southern regions bordering Georgia, condemned by Tbilisi as "pure provocation."
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