Russia Takes Formal Control of Georgia Borders
30 Apr 09 | AFP
Russia took formal control of the borders of Georgia’s separatist zones and slammed NATO exercises due in the country, as a spy row created new frictions between Moscow and the alliance.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev inked the border defence treaties with the leaders of the Moscow-backed rebel regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in a sombre Kremlin ceremony.
NATO, the Czech EU presidency and the United States voiced dismay at the accords, saying they breached an EU-brokered Russia-Georgia ceasefire deal agreed last August.
Under the pact, effective for 10 years, Russia assumes immediate responsibility for guarding the regions’ de facto borders with Georgia, including maritime patrols of Abkhazia’s strategic Black Sea coast. >>>