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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Georgian Arms Transfer

TBILISI, Georgia () -- Georgia's Defense Ministry has agreed to turn over to Russia half of its arms quota allowed by a 1990 treaty limiting conventional weapons, officials said Monday.

The move, which would allow Russia to have more weapons in the volatile Caucasus Mountains region than allowed by the treaty, has not yet been endorsed by Georgian leader Eduard Shevardnadze. The Conventional Forces in Europe, or CFE, treaty entitles Georgia to have 220 tanks, 220 armored personnel carriers, 285 artillery pieces, 110 combat planes and 50 helicopters.

However, the Georgian government now owns only a fraction of these weapons. Under a deal agreed upon Sunday, the Georgian military yielded half of its quota to Russia in exchange for weapons supplies, a defense ministry spokesman said.