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Police detain 14 Russian troops

June 18, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Police detained 14 Russian peacekeepers near Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia who Georgian officials said were transporting antitank rockets without permission, a charge Moscow denied.

Ties between Russia and Georgia have deteriorated sharply in recent months since Moscow bolstered economic support for separatists in Abkhazia and increased its peacekeeping presence there, which Georgia opposes.

Abkhazia is a stretch of land between the Black Sea and Russia that broke away from the former Soviet republic of Georgia in a war after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.

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