Russia to keep 500 troops in Georgia buffer zone

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Russia intends to keep 500 troops in a security zone surrounding Georgia’s breakaway South Ossetia region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday.

“Tomorrow, 8 checkpoints will be established in the security zone in which 500 peacekeepers will be deployed, no more than that,” Lavrov told reporters. “Other peacekeepers will be moved to South Ossetia, while other troops will be moved to Russia.”

Lavrov did not specify how many troops Russia planned to keep in South Ossetia.

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