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Sarkozy Closes in on a Deal: Russia Agrees to Withdraw from South Ossetia - International - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News

In talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has agreed to move his troops back to their pre-conflict positions. The deal has not been finalized yet, but it could involve peacekeepers from the European Union.

It was a long time coming, but on Tuesday Russian President Dmitry Medvedev finally ordered an end to Russian military activity in Georgia, according to news reports. Not only that, but French President Nicolas Sarkozy's trip to the capitals of both Georgia and Moscow on Tuesday seems to be bearing some fruit, though a peace deal had not yet been agreed upon by late Tuesday, Sarkozy said.

 A Russian troop column in Abkhazia. The Russians opened up a new front in the war on Monday, but on Tuesday, President Medvedev ordered a cessation of hostilities. The diplomatic moves raised hopes that the six-day-old conflict -- between Russia and Georgia over the two renegade Georgian provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia -- would soon end. Georgia said that violence continued on Tuesday even after Medvedev made his announcement.

"The security of our peacekeepers and civilians has been restored," Medvedev said. "The aggressor has been punished and suffered very significant losses. Its military has been disorganized," the Russian president said, referring to Georgian troops.

by Fran on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 03:22:16 PM EST
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