Georgian Soviet Officers Against Withdrawal of Military Bases

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–The chairman of the Union of Soviet Army Officers of Georgia Yuri Nebieridze was quoted by Prime news agency as slamming the current Georgian authorities for their consistent drive to withdraw Russian military bases from the country and substitute them with NATO ones.

According to Nebieridze–only a small section of senior government officials advocate for withdrawal of Russian bases. He said Russia will not sit calmly as its interests in the South Caucasus are violated. This will also add to already strained relations of Georgia with its northern neighbor–said Nebieridze.

According to the last year’s Istanbul summit decisions–Russia’should eliminate two out of its four bases in Georgia – Vaziani and Gudauta by July 1–2001. The question of the other two located in southern Akhalkalaki region–predominantly populated with Armenia’s who are advocating for retaining of the bases–will be discussed later.

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