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GEORGIA WITHDRAWAL UPDATE….I fully realize that no one cares about any non-Sarah P. news at the moment, but just in case you want a break, here’s the latest on Georgia. It appears that, so far, Russia is sticking to its agreement to pull back its troops from Georgia proper:

Russian soldiers and armored vehicles rolled out of six checkpoints and temporary bases in the Black Sea port of Poti and other areas nearby, Georgian Security Council chief Alexander Lomaia said [on Saturday].

”They have fulfilled the commitment” to withdraw from the area by Sept. 15 under an agreement European Union leaders reached with Russia last week, Lomaia told The Associated Press.

….Lomaia said some 1,200 Russian servicemen still remain at 19 checkpoints and other positions, 12 outside South Ossetia and seven outside Abkhazia. Russia said it would pull them out by Oct. 11 as long as 200 European Union observers are deployed to strips of territory surrounding the two separatist regions by Oct. 1.

No special comment on this. Just keeping everyone up to date.

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