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GORI, Georgia (Reuters) - Russia said it was on course to complete a partial pullback of troops from Georgia by Friday night but the United States and Germany said they had not seen clear evidence of a substantial withdrawal.
The top U.S. general in Europe, Gen. John Craddock, condemned the pullout, after fighting that has killed hundreds and made refugees of tens of thousands, as "far too little, far too slow."
Russia and Georgia went to war after Tbilisi tried to retake the Russian-backed breakaway province of South Ossetia on August 7-8, provoking an overwhelming counter-attack from Moscow.
Moscow insisted that the withdrawal was proceeding punctually but the German government said as of Friday morning "it was not clear that one could say with any certainty that a substantial withdrawal was taking place."
GORI, Georgia (Reuters) - Russia said on Friday it had completed its pullout of troops from Georgia proper, but the White House swiftly rejected Moscow's claim that it was now in compliance with a French-brokered ceasefire.
Russia said it had left peacekeepers manning checkpoints inside Georgia, stoking Western fears that Moscow aims to keep a stranglehold on the ex-Soviet republic's economy and to annex additional territory to breakaway South Ossetia by stealth.
Earlier, Reuters reporters saw convoys of tanks and trucks heading northwards into rebel-held parts of Georgia.
There was no sign of Russian forces moving on into Russia from South Ossetia, underlining Tbilisi's concern that Moscow plans to maintain a large military presence in that province.
Sarkozy turns up half drunk for press conference about Putin and South Ossetia. When you're going to threaten a super power like Russia, there's nothing wrong with a dose of dutch courage.
At least you should get your fact straight, this Sarkozy video is an old one, taken at a G8 summit and has nothing to do with Putin and the current situation in Ossetia.