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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Georgia Wants Arms




TBILISI, Georgia -- Maintaining his tough tone with Moscow, Georgia's president said Monday that the Russian military would have to leave its weapons behind when it closes two of its four bases in Georgia.


Russia promised earlier this month to close two bases it has kept in Georgia since the 1991 Soviet collapse. It was seen as a victory for Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze, who has sought to distance Georgia from Russia and forge closer ties with the West.


The Russian reduction was agreed upon as part of a larger treaty on European security that was signed at a summit in Istanbul, Turkey.


Georgia had become impatient with the large Russian presence, and Shevardnadze has been increasingly outspoken in calling for the Russians to leave.


"As for the weapons stationed at those bases, I think they're the property of Georgia," Shevardnadze said.


in a radio interview. "We are ready for certain compromises so relations with Russia aren't spoiled."