FROM Tony Halpin
Russia Begins Troop Withdrawal, Leaves behind 'Peacekeepers' Military convoys are rolling out of Georgia today. The pull-back comes two weeks after thousands of troops roared into the former Soviet Republic, deeply straining relations between Russia and the West. Western leaders are adamant that Moscow remove its troops, even as the Russian parliament prepares to debate whether to recognize the independence of the disputed regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Meantime, Russians "peacekeepers" are establishing a long-term presence in those areas. Tony Halpin, Moscow Bureau Chief for the Times of London , is in the Georgian city of Gori.
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