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"Immediately after the agreement on the joint protection of the borders was signed last Thursday in Moscow, Russia border troops were brought into South Ossetian territory," Kokoity said, Interfax reported.
"Right now, Russian border troops are monitoring the situation at the border with Georgia and settling the initial issues involved in protecting it," he added.
The deployment of the border guards comes days before NATO is to hold military exercises in Georgia that Medvedev said amounted to a challenge from the West.
ROSTOV-ON-DON, May 2 (RIA Novosti) - Russian border guards have started their duties as part of a joint border-protection agreement concluded between Russia and two former Georgian republics, a border service spokesperson said on Saturday.
The border agreement comes at a time of heightened tensions between Moscow and the military alliance, following planned NATO exercises in Georgia due to start later in the week and the expulsion of two Russian NATO envoys over spying claims.
The Russian army has dispatched guards to Abkhazia’s and South Ossetia's frontiers with Georgia, nine months after Tbilisi launched an offensive to take control of South Ossetia.
The deployment follows an agreement between Russia and the two republics, signed on Thursday.
“Border troops command will be located in Tskhinvali proper, while others will be deployed along the whole border perimeter. Russian border troops that are already in South Ossetia have come up to the border,” Nikolai Lisinsky said, head of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) Regional Border Department for the Southern Federal District.