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1 Russia says Georgia pullout to begin Monday
By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press Writer
10 minutes ago
|GORI, Georgia – Russia’s president said troops would begin pulling out of Georgia on Monday, but made no mention of leaving the separatist province at the heart of the conflict between the countries.
A defiant Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili said the former Soviet republic would not relinquish South Ossetia or Abkhazia – both now overrun with Russian troops and abandoned by Georgian soldiers – as Western leaders pushed for a swift Russian withdrawal from positions it has held for days of warfare.
“Georgia will never give up a square kilometer of its territory,” Saakashvili told a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the latest Western leader to visit Tbilisi and offer support for a country that has become a proxy for conflict between an emboldened Russia and the West.