- Title: GEORGIA: RUSSIA STARTS PULLING OUT ITS FORCES FROM GEORGIA
- Date: 4th August 2000
- Summary: NEAR VAZIANI MILITRAY BASE, GEORGIA (AUGUST 4, 2000) (REUTERS) 1. SLV RUSSIAN TANKS NEAR VAZIANI BASE (2 SHOTS) 0.12 2. SLV RUSSIAN FLAG ON TANK / SOLDIER SITTING ON TANK 0.20 3. MV TWO FOREIGN OBSERVERS STANDING NEAR TANKS 0.26 4. BV FOREIGN OBSERVERS WALKING ALONG TANKS AND OTHER MILITARY VEHICLES / CHECKING THEM (2 SHOTS) 0.47 5. SLV TANK MOVING ALONG OTHER TANKS AND VEHICLES 0.54 6. SV (SOUNDBITE) (English) YAN CHICKY, LT.-COLONEL OF THE U.S. ARMY:"U.S. government have provided 10 million dollars in assistance to move out the Russian military bases from Georgia in accordance with the agreement reached at the summit in Istambul". 1.10 7. LV VIEW OF RAILROAD 1.19 8. SLV TANK ON RAILROADPLATFORM (2 SHOTS) 1.39 9. SLV TANKS / RUSSIAN SOLDIER STANDING NEARBY 1.44 10. SLV TANK PARTLY FALLEN OF RAILROAD PLATFORM 1.59 11. LV MILITARY TRUCK MOVING ALONG RAILROD PLATFORMS WITH TANKS ON THEM 2.05 12. MV RUSSIAN MILITARY OFFICIALS AND FOREIGN OBSERVERS LOOKING THROUGH PAPERS 2.17 13. SV (SOUNDBITE) MAJOR-GENERAL NIKOLAI ZOLOTOV:" In accordance with the schedules, agreed by the Russian and Georgian sides, Russia has started loading its military vehicles in order to transport it out of Georgia later." 2.50 14. LV TANKS ON RAILROAD PLATFORMS 2.54 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 19th August 2000 13:00
- Location: VAZIANI, GEORGIA
- Country: Georgia
- Reuters ID: LVA3QUE1K1F59G1Y5TAMFXB8C8VO
- Story Text: Russia has started pulling out its force from
Georgia. Moscow has said it is planning to close down the
first of its three military bases in Gerogia by mid-2001.
Russia started withdrawing its troops from Georgia
on Friday (August 4). Moscow and Tbilisi have agreed that
Russia will close the first of three military bases in the
Caucasus republic by mid-2001.
According to the agreement reached by military officials
of Russia and Georgia, there will be no more than 153 tanks,
241 armoured vehicles and 140 artillery sysytems left in the
Russian bases by the end of this year.
The first phase of the withdrawal took place at the
Vaziani military base located near Tbilisi. Foreign military
observers watched and counted military vehicles as they were
loaded on railway transporters.
Lieutenant-Colonel Yan Chicky of the United States (U.S.)
army was one of the international observers at Vaziani on
Lt-Colonel Chicky said the U.S. government had provided 10
million U.S. dollars in assistance to move Russian troops out
Russia and Georgia made a commitment to reduce troop
levels in Georgia at a European security summit in Istanbul,
Turkey last November.
Tbilisi has been pushing hard since to secure an agreement
Russia and Georgia will hold a second round of talks on
further troop withdrawals later this year.
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