, Russia
June 7 2005

Georgia hampering Russian operations - commander

MOSCOW. June 7 (Interfax) - Col. Vladimir Kuparadze, deputy commander
of the Russian forces in Transcaucasia, has accused the Georgian
authorities of creating obstacles to the operations of his troops.

"Because of Georgian visa denials, Maj. Gen. Alexander Bespalov has
long been performing his duties as commander of the Group of Russian
Forces in Transcaucasia from Russia's 102nd Military Base in Armenia.
And now the Georgian authorities have denied a visa to the recently
appointed deputy commander for armaments," Kuparadze said.