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U.S. Nudges Russia on Georgia Withdrawal

The United States is prepared to help pay for the withdrawal of Russian troops that remain in Georgia as a holdover from the Soviet Union, a senior U.S. official said Tuesday. “We have done it in the past and have said that we would be happy to provide some assistance … to pull out the forces,” U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Lynn Pascoe said in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi. Russia had four Soviet-era military bases in Georgia. Russian forces have pulled out from two with U.S. help, but two bases remain. Georgian officials have said that their presence hinders normal relations with Russia and have asked their giant neighbor to withdraw. Full Story

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