The New Poti Port and Free Industrial Zone (Poti, Georgia Before and After Russian Destruction)


Better Days — Free Industrial Zone Project Opening in Poti

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“Destroying Poti Port in Georgia by Russian forces”

“Engine boats stolen by Russian army from Poti, Georgia”

“Russia Pulls Back Some Forces, But Stills Holds Key Points”


A Reuters reporter on the border between Russia and South Ossetia said the only heavy armor heading north on August 20 via the crossing was a column of Georgian equipment seized by Russian forces.

But in the Georgian Black Sea port of Poti, Russian troops have reportedly dug in at the entrance to the city, with armored personnel carriers and trucks blocking the bridge that is the only land access to the port.

Russian forces also continue to hold positions around the key central town of Gori and in Igoeti, about 50 kilometers northwest of Tbilisi on the main east-west highway.

Moscow has promised to pull its forces back from Georgia proper by August 22 under an EU-sponsored cease-fire, but there has yet to be any other sign of significant troop movement.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev reportedly told French President Nicolas Sarkozy, whose country holds the rotating EU Presidency, in a telephone conversation on August 19 that all but 500 Russian troops would be pulled out of Georgia over the next two days.

The United States accused Moscow on August 20 of dragging its feet, saying the size and pace of the pullout had been insignificant and needed to increase.

The West fears Moscow may use ambiguities in a cease-fire deal and previous agreements to keep large numbers of troops in and around the breakaway region of South Ossetia and step up economic and political pressure on Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.

Saakashvili told AP that Russia was thinning out its presence in some occupied towns, but was seizing other strategic points. He described the Russian actions as “some kind of deception game.”

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