( Civil ) - Russia said on November 21 that Georgia was failing with its commitment to launch talks over setting up of a joint anti-terrorist center on the basis of infrastructure available in former Russian military base in Batumi.
Russia handed over its military base in Batumi to Georgia last week. According to the Russo-Georgian agreement on withdrawal of military bases, Tbilisi has agreed to set up a joint anti-terrorist center in Batumi. The agreement ratified by the Georgian parliament last April Russia and Georgia, "at the earliest possible time" should complete the development of the agreement on creating a joint anti-terrorist center and "part of the personnel, material-technical resources and infrastructure of the Russian military base in Batumi shall be used for the benefit of the aforesaid center."
In a statement issued on November 21, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that while Moscow has fulfilled its commitments under the agreement, Georgia continued non-cooperative stance.
The Russian Foreign Ministry also said although its troops left bases in Georgia, Russian servicemen remain as peacekeepers in the Abkhaz and South Ossetian conflict zones.
Russian peacekeeping troops, the Russian Foreign Ministry said, represent "a major obstacle for those, who, under cover of peaceful rhetoric, continue preparing for military adventure in Abkhazia and South Ossetia."