Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Russia tells EU it will pull out of Georgia

Brussels - Russia has signalled it will withdraw its troops to pre-conflict positions in neighbouring Georgia, as demanded by the European Union.

This was revealed yesterday by German Chancellor Angela Merkel after EU leaders agreed at a crisis summit in Brussels to postpone talks on a new EU-Russia partnership, due later this month, until Moscow withdrew its troops to pre-conflict positions in Georgia.

She said Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy that Russia would withdraw as agreed under a six-point peace plan brokered by the French leader - who is current EU chair - last month.

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