Publication: Monitor Volume: 2 Issue: 147

In a "warm, friendly atmosphere," the defense ministers of Russia and Georgia, Col. General Igor Rodionov and Lt. General Vardiko Nadibaidze, signed over the weekend in Moscow an agreement on military-technical cooperation. The announcement suggested that the talks focused on Russian arms deliveries to Georgia in exchange for part of Georgia’s CFE entitlement being transferred to Russia. Nadibaidze was the first defense minister of a CIS country to be received by Rodionov since the latter’s appointment as minister — a signal welcomed with relief in Tbilisi. (Itar-Tass, Interfax, July 27 and 28)

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