Russia hands over military base to Georgia
The base will be completely closed in October 2008.
Russia committed itself to remove its military from Georgia in 1999 during an OSCE summit in Istanbul. But the issue remained a big sticking point in the relations between the two countries for quite a long time.
The recent move is likely to improve Russia’s relationship with both Georgia and the West.
NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer was in Moscow on Tuesday. Some are inclined to see symbolic significance in the fact that the withdrawal comes just a day after his visit.