07TBILISI1566, RUSSIA TRANSFERS AKHALKALAKI MILITARY BASE TO

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07TBILISI1566 2007-06-29 13:23 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Tbilisi

VZCZCXRO9643
PP RUEHAG RUEHAST RUEHDA RUEHDBU RUEHDF RUEHFL RUEHIK RUEHKW RUEHLA
RUEHLN RUEHLZ RUEHPOD RUEHROV RUEHSR RUEHVK RUEHYG
DE RUEHSI #1566 1801323
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 291323Z JUN 07
FM AMEMBASSY TBILISI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 6859
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

UNCLAS TBILISI 001566 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PREL PGOV GG
SUBJECT: RUSSIA TRANSFERS AKHALKALAKI MILITARY BASE TO 
GEORGIA 
 
REF: TBILISI 992 
 
1.  On June 27 Russia officially handed over its military 
base in Akhalkalaki to Georgia, several days ahead of 
schedule.  Georgian First Deputy Defense Minister Levan 
Nikoleishvili and Russian Commander of the Group of Russian 
Forces in the Transcaucasus Andrei Popov attended the 
handover ceremony and signed the Act of Handover and 
Acceptance.  The closure and transfer of the base, which was 
built by Russia in 1910 and occupied by Russian and Soviet 
forces since that time, began in 2006, following a March 31 
agreement between Georgia and Russia on the withdrawal of the 
remaining Russian forces stationed in Georgia.  (Comment: 
The Georgian Ministry of Defense has not yet made clear its 
plans for the base, though it is unlikely that they will 
station troops there.  End comment). 
 
2.  Russian withdrawal from its base in Batumi, the last 
remaining base on Georgian-government controlled territory, 
also continues ahead of schedule. On June 28, the seventh 
trainload of heavy equipment departed Batumi for Russia.  The 
remaining six trainloads of heavy equipment will be removed 
from Batumi by August 23, 2007.  The remaining troops and 
equipment will begin withdrawal in the spring of 2008, and 
the base will be transferred to Georgia by October 1, 2008. 
The status of the Russian base at Gudauta, in the breakaway 
republic of Abkhazia, remains an issue, and the Georgian 
government has made clear that it will not consider Russia's 
obligations under the 1999 Istanbul Commitments fulfilled 
until Gudauta's status is resolved (reftel). 
TEFFT

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