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BBC: Russia suspends Georgia pullout

A senior Russian army commander says Moscow is suspending the withdrawal of its forces from Georgia, amid a spying row between the two countries.

Russian forces were to pull out of two bases in Georgia by 2008, but the commander said the security of troops could not be guaranteed as they left.
Four Russian officers detained in Georgia have been charged with spying.

Russia has denied the accusations, and is evacuating all its staff from the Russian embassy in Tbilisi.

Deteriorating relations

On Friday a court in Tbilisi charged the four officers and ordered their detention for two months pending investigations.

Russia has denounced the arrests, called for the release of the four officers and urged the United Nations Security Council to take action to restrain Georgia.

by Fran on Sun Oct 1st, 2006 at 01:59:50 AM EST
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