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Russia Withdraws Military Hardware From Tbilisi

Russian military equipment being prepared for withdrawal in November (ITAR-TASS) December 14, 2006 -- The Russian Army today said it has completed the removal of all its military equipment from the Georgian capital, Tbilisi.

The last of Russia's military personnel in Tbilisi are scheduled to leave next week.

Russia is scheduled to leave two other two army bases in Georgia, Akhalkalaki in 2007 and Batumi in 2008.

The withdrawal from Tbilisi was completed ahead of schedule.


Moscow And Tbilisi

Moscow And Tbilisi

Russian military hardware being withdrawn from a Russian base in Batumi, Georgia, in August 2005 (TASS)

WHAT COMES NEXT? Although Russia is unlikely to push an aggressive military response to the current tensions with Georgia, it has a number of economic, political, and diplomatic options at its disposal. Already on October 1, Russian President Vladimir Putin summoned his inner circle to weigh Moscow's options... (more)


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