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Russia Agrees to Close Bases in Georgia in 2008


Russia says it will withdraw its troops from the two remaining Soviet-era military bases in neighboring Georgia during 2008.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced the agreement Monday after talks in Moscow with his Georgian counterpart, Salome Zurabishvili.

The agreement helps resolve one of the most contentious issues between the two former Soviet states.

Tbilisi had wanted Moscow to close its two remaining bases on Georgian soil by 2006, a timeline Russia said it could not meet.

Earlier this month, Georgia imposed limited sanctions on the two Russian bases in an attempt to pressure Moscow to agree to a timetable for withdrawal.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.

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