Moscow, March 29 (RFE/RL) - A Russian military delegation
led by head of General Staff General Mikhail Kolesnikov today opens a
four-day visit to Georgia.
RFE/RL correspondent quotes the Russian Defence Ministry as saying
that talks with Georgian leaders will focus on a settlement of the
conflict in breakaway Abkhazia.
The Russian delegation is expected to meet Georgian president
Eduard Shevardnadze to determine the status of some 3,000
Russian peace-keepers stationed at the border between Georgia and
Sheverdnadze's spokesman Vakhtang Abishidze said yesterday that
Russian Foreign and Defense Ministers - Evgeny Primakov and Pavel
Grachev - will soon visit Tbilisi to discuss the Abkhazian crisis.
Meanwhile, Russia and Abkhazia continue talks in Moscow on naval
traffic through the ports on the Black Sea.
Abkhazia protested against the Russian blockade of foreign merchant
ships delivering goods to Abkhazia