Three Specialised Trains carrying Russia’s Military Facilities to be Withdrawn from Georgia via Azerbaijani Territory

Politics Materials 13 April 2007 15:19 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku / Тrend corr E. Huseynov / The Azerbaijani Embassy in Georgia has informed Trend on 13 April that 3 specialised trains with military facilities of the Russian military units in Georgia would be withdrawn via Azerbaijan in May.

Two of the trains will be withdrawn from the 12th Russian military unit in Batumi (on 15 and 24 May) and one of them will be withdrawn from the 62nd Russian military unit located nearby Akhalkalaki (Samtskhe-Javakheti region) on 17 May.

In compliance with the decree on early withdrawal of the Russian troops from Georgia issued by the Russian Ministry of Defence, 387 military men, over 100 military facilities, 350 tons of property and ammunition were withdrawn in 2006. According to the agreement signed between Georgia and Russia, the withdrawal of the Russian military from Akhalkalaki will be completed by 1 July, 2007; the withdrawal from Batumi will be over by the end of 2008.

Six columns of Russian military facilities will be delivered from Georgia to Armenia. The first column with engineering technique and other facilities was transported from Georgia to Gumri ( Armenia) on 13 April. The rest will be transported on 19 and 25 April, 4 and 30 May. The exact time of the final withdrawal has not been defined as yet.