Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/russia : Eu Welcomes Moscow's Pullout from Perevi

Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/russia : Eu Welcomes Moscow's Pullout from Perevi

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The European Union has welcomed the withdrawal of Russian troops from the Georgian village of Perevi, but at the same time urged Moscow to make further steps towards full implementation of the six-point ceasefire agreement of 12 August 2008, which put an end to the Russia-Georgia military conflict over the two Georgian breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

In a statement issued on 18 October, the EU's foreign affairs chief, Catherine Ashton, described Moscow's decision as a "positive" step. "I welcome the removal of the Russian checkpoint in Perevi, Georgia [ ] and see it as a positive development on the ground," said Ashton. "I look forward to further progress towards the full implementation of the EU-brokered six-point agreement," she added.

Despite committing itself in the peace accord to withdrawing to the positions held before the hostilities began in South Ossetia, Russia has until now kept its troops in the village of Perevi, located within Georgia's administrative borders.

Moscow announced the withdrawal at the latest round of the post-war Geneva talks, on 14 October. The decision was welcomed by Georgia as a "step made in the right direction". Tbilisi underlined, however, that Russia was still failing to fully comply with the commitments made in the six-point agreement. "It should be emphasised that the withdrawal of Russian occupational forces from Perevi is just a miniscule step in comparison with commitments envisaged by the ceasefire agreement of 12 August 2008, which Russia still has to comply with," said the Georgian Foreign Ministry in a statement. …

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