by Nick Coleman, AFP
MOSCOW, (AFP) - President Dmitry Medvedev has issued a fresh commitment to withdraw almost all Russian troops from Georgia before the weekend as NATO-Russia relations plunged to their lowest ebb in years.
In New York, France submitted a new draft resolution to the UN Security Council demanding full compliance with the Georgia ceasefire including a full Russian troop withdrawal, but Russia Tuesday said it was not acceptable.
In a telephone conversation with French counterpart and current European Union President Nicolas Sarkozy, Medvedev vowed that all but 500 Russian troops would be pulled out of the former Soviet republic on Thursday and Friday.
As Western criticism intensified over the further delay in the Russian withdrawal -- it had promised that the pullback would start Monday -- tensions between Russia and NATO began to boil over.
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