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Russian Troops in Georgia on High Alert

The commander of Russian military forces in Georgia said Sunday his troops had been put on high alert and ordered to use lethal force to defend their bases as tensions mount after the arrest of four Russian military officers accused of spying. Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced the Georgian authorities’ arrests as “state terrorism” and blamed unidentified foreign nations for the crisis. But he ordered the Defense Ministry to continue the pullout of Russian troops from the former Soviet republic in line with earlier agreements in an apparent bid to avoid any foreign criticism. The move came a day after a Russian general said the withdrawal of troops would be suspended. Full Story

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