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Clinton Warns Putin to Respect Georgian Sovereignty Amid Strains

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on Russia to honor its commitments under accords that ended its five-day conflict with Georgia in 2008, requiring troop pullback to pre-war numbers and locations.

“We reject Russia’s occupation and militarization of Georgia’s territory and we call upon Russia to fulfill its obligations under the 2008 cease-fire resolution, including withdrawal of its forces to pre-conflict positions and free access for humanitarian assistance,” Clinton said in a speech today in the Black Sea port of Batumi after meeting Georgian Prime Minister Nika Gilauri.