MOSCOW, May 19 (RIA Novosti) - Russia will deploy
fewer personnel at military bases in Abkhazia and South Ossetia
than previously planned, a first deputy defense minister said
"We have no reason to deploy all personnel at military
bases in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Part of the contingent
could be deployed in Russia [close to the border]," Col. Gen.
Alexander Kolmakov said.
Moscow previously said it would deploy 3,700 troops at
each of its bases in the two Caucasus republics recognized by
Russia last year as independent states.