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South Ossetian Conflict Discuss the conflict between Georgia and Russia over South Ossetia.

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Russia to keep posts in Georgia

The other shoe drops! I can't say that I am surprised.

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A senior Russian general says Moscow intends to maintain a military presence of more than 2,000 troops in Georgia.

Gen Anatoly Nogovitsyn said Russian forces would be stationed around the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the focus of recent conflict.

BBC correspondents on the ground say they have seen what appears to be a significant troop movement from Georgian positions to South Ossetia.

Georgia has said it will not accept any "annexation" of its land by Russia.

Russia's land forces commander earlier said that all Russian combat troops would be moved back from Georgia proper to South Ossetia by the weekend and that most of the soldiers sent to the region as reinforcements would return to Russia within 10 days.

The BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse says he has witnessed hundreds of Russian armoured vehicles, including tanks and armoured personnel carriers, withdrawing from the town of Igoeti, about 35km (21 miles) from the Georgian capital, Tbilisi.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7576556.stm
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