A unit of 500 men with their small arms has remained in the territory of the former Russian 50th base in Gudauty (Abkhazia) to defend the infrastructure of the peacekeeping forces in the zone of the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict. Colonel General Alexander Kosovan, Deputy Defence Minister for construction and quartering troops, said this on Monday. According to him, part of the facilities of the former base in Gudauty are used as a rehabilitating centre for peacekeeping forces. In accordance with the earlier achieved accords, the Gudauty aerodrome "has remained so far under the control of Russian servicemen," said General Kosovan. He has confirmed that the other day all the military equipment of the disbanded 10th air-borne division, which was deployed on the military base in Gudauty, including Buk air defence system, have been withdrawn into Russia. "Thus, Russia has fully carried out the Istanbul Agreements on withdrawing military bases from Vaziani and Gudauty," pointed out the Deputy Defence Minister.
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