In the first “open sign” of a promised Russian troop withdrawal, EU monitors have been allowed to observe the dismantling of a Russian security zone checkpoint near South Ossetia.
Russia has pledged to pull back all its troops by October 10, from buffer zones established at the end of the five day war between Russia and Georgia in August.
The checkpoint is in the village of Nabakhtevi in the Ali region of Georgia northwest of the town of Gori.
The October 10 deadline was set under a French brokered ceasefire.
The EU deployed an observer mission of more than 200 unarmed monitors at the beginning of October with the task of monitoring the Russian pull back from the security zones adjoining the pro-Russian breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia..
Months of skirmishes between separatists and Georgian troops escalated into war when Georgia sent troops and armour to retake South Ossetia.
Russian forces then drove the Georgian army out of South Ossetia, pushing further into Georgia saying they needed to prevent further attacks.