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Georgia Protests Russian Border Treaty With South Ossetia

Georgia's Foreign Ministry has officially protested Russia's plan to sign a treaty delineating its border with Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia.

Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Davit Zalkaliani told reporters in Tbilisi on September 13 that a note of protest had been passed to the Russian side via the Swiss Embassy in Tbilisi.

Tbilisi severed diplomatic relations with Moscow after the short Georgian-Russian War in August 2008, which led to Russia's recognition of South Ossetia and Georgia's other breakaway region, Abkhazia.

Russia has been keeping troops stationed in both separatist areas since then.

Georgia considers the two regions its sovereign territory.

Based on reporting by and Interfax