Medvedev Signs Peace Pact

But Russian troops will stay to 'remove Georgia weapons'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 16, 2008 6:20 AM CDT
Medvedev Signs Peace Pact
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, right, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, look on during a news conference at the presidential residence in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, on Friday, Aug. 15, 2008. Merkel on Friday urged Russian troops to withdraw from Georgia, calling some of the...   (AP Photo/ RIA Novosti, Vladimir Rodionov, Presidential Press Service)

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev today signed a ceasefire agreement ending hostilities with Georgia. Sources said he views the 6-point pact as "very positive," CNN reports. Russia, however, will not withdraw from Georgian territory until troops have finished removing "huge depots" of ammunition, weapons and boobytraps left by Georgian troops, said a government spokesman.

Russian troops continued to occupy large sections of Georgia, and Russia's foreign minister said they would stay "as long as needed," the New York Times reports. Georgian President Mikheil Saakashavili signed the French-brokered deal yesterday during a visit by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. President Bush yesterday accused Moscow of "bullying" its smaller neighbor. (Read more Russia stories.)

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