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Medvedev, Sarkozy discuss Georgia crisis

world Updated: Aug 28, 2008 12:40 IST
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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy that Georgian troops must return to their barracks in line with a French-brokered ceasefire, the Kremlin said on Thursday.

A Kremlin statement said Medvedev and Sarkozy spent more than an hour discussing the Georgian crisis by telephone. Sarkozy's office did not immediately release an account of the conversation.

"The Russian side has stressed the need for Tbilisi to carry out point four of the Medvedev-Sarkozy plan, under which all Georgian troops should be returned to their original bases," the Kremlin said in its account of the conversation.

"(Medvedev and Sarkozy) also discussed additional agreements, which may in future ensure safety in the areas near the borders of South Ossetia and Abkhazia," the Kremlin statement said.

It did not say when the conversation took place, or on whose iniative.

France and other Western states have condemned Russia's recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Moscow sent its troops into the two separatist regions of Georgia earlier this month to repel Tbilisi's attempts to retake South Ossetia by force.

After removing much of its military force from the conflict zone in line with the ceasefire deal, Russia is keeping troops and armour in buffer zones on the territory of Georgia proper around the two regions.