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RUSSIA, GEORGIA FAIL TO REACH AGREEMENT ON MILITARY BASES

RIA Novosti

MOSCOW, February 14 (RIA Novosti) - Russia and Georgia have failed to reach practical agreements on the framework treaty and military bases yet, the information and press department of the Russian Foreign Ministry told RIA Novosti.

On February 10-11 Tbilisi hosted talks on the draft treaty on friendship, good-neighborliness, cooperation and mutual security and consultations on military issues.

"The talks focused on the solution of the problems concerning the draft treaty, the withdrawal of the Russian military bases from Batumi and Akhalkalaki and the formation of a joint anti-terrorist center with the use of the infrastructure of the above-mentioned bases," the information and press department said.

"The sides failed to reach practical agreements because Georgia had revised its approaches to the mutual understanding which had been achieved earlier. The talks will continue," the department added.

The Russian delegation comprises representatives of the Foreign Ministry and Defense Ministry. It was headed by chairman of the Russian state commission for the draft treaty, ambassador at large of the Russian Foreign Ministry, chief delegate at the military talks Igor Savolsky. The Georgian delegation was headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Merab Antadze.



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