Sarkozy praises Russian troop withdrawal
The French president says Medvedev “kept his word” in withdrawing troops in Georgia by Wednesday night.8 October 2008
EVIAN -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev "kept his word" in promising to withdraw troops from buffer zones in Georgia by midnight Wednesday, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said.
Sarkozy praised "the withdrawal confirmed by President Medvedev, who in doing so has kept his word", in a speech to a conference in eastern France, where he was to hold talks with Medvedev.
The Russian president earlier announced Russian troops pulling back to positions held before the August Russian-Georgian conflict would be completed by midnight Wednesday.
"Both sides must now refrain from any provocation on the ground", Sarkozy added.
[AFP / Expatica]