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Abkhazia denies Russian buildup on Georgian border

RIA Novosti

25/11/2008 17:30 MOSCOW, November 25 (RIA Novosti) - The disputed Georgian republic of Abkhazia denied on Tuesday reports that the Russian military had increased its presence on the border with Georgia by deploying extra military hardware.

Georgia earlier said 10 armored vehicles and infantry reinforcements had been deployed near the Abkhaz village of Pichori, which borders Georgia's Zugdidi district.

"This is just another item of Georgian disinformation. The area at question has the exact number of Russian troops set out in existing agreements. No additional detachments have been deployed on the border with Georgia," Abkhaz Defense Minister Merab Kishmariya said.

Russia recognized the Georgian separatist republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states on August 26 after its five-day war with Georgia, which launched an attack on South Ossetia in early August.

Abkhazia and South Ossetia have so far only been recognized by Russia and Nicaragua. Belarus has said it may recognize the breakaway regions in the future, and Venezuela has voiced support for Russia's move.

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