Russia’s Last Military Train to Leave Georgia on 14 November – Azerbaijani MG
Azerbaijan, Baku / Тrend corr E. Huseynov / The last train will leave Russia's Batumi military basis in mid November. Thus, Russian bases in Georgia will be completely shut down. "Last Russian soldier in Georgia will leave the country on 14 November," General-Major Elbrus Orujev, military attache for Azerbaijani Embassy in Georgia, said to Trend from Tbilisi on 8 November.
The agreement on withdrawal of four Russian military bases from Georgia was signed in 1999 at the OSCE summit in Istanbul. In accordance with the agreement, the 62nd Russian military base must be shut down by the end of 2007 and the 12th within 2008. However, the head of the Joint Staff of the Russian Federation Armed Forces, Yuri Baluevski, stated in the beginning of May that Russia would complete the withdrawal as early as 2007.
Last trainload of military equipment left Russia's 12th Batumi military unit via Azerbaijan on 8 November. The train consists of 18 carriages mainly loaded with automobile equipments, archive documents and other property. The load will be delivered to the Azerbaijani-Russian border on 9 November, Orujev said.
Moreover, last trains will leave Batumi for Russia's 102nd military basis in Armenian Gumri region on 12 and 14 November.
Russian-Georgian agreement on the term and order of temporary functioning and withdrawal of Russian military bases and other military units of the Group of Russian Troops in Transcaucasia located in Georgia was signed on 31 March, 2006.
The agreement between Azerbaijan and Russia on transportation of the property via Azerbaijan was achieved last summer at the inter-governmental level.