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Russia Pulls Troops Out of Georgia


Russia says it withdrew its last troops based in Georgia Thursday, months ahead of schedule.

A train carrying the last 150 Russian troops and military equipment left the Georgian city of Batumi on the Black Sea late Wednesday night and crossed into Armenia early Thursday. It marks the end of two centuries of Russia's military presence in Georgia.

However, Russia still maintains peacekeeping forces in Georgia's breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili has accused the Russian troops of supporting the separatists and wants the Russian peacekeepers replaced with United Nations forces.

Russia has based troops at former Soviet bases in Georgia since 1991 and had promised to pull them all out by 2008.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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