October 20, 2009 at 2:26 PM EDT - Updated June 20 at 11:24 AM
TBILISI, Georgia (AP) - A senior U.S. defense official says Russia is not complying with the cease-fire that ended last year's war with Georgia, and says Washington wants international observers in Russian-controlled territories.
The statement Tuesday by Deputy Defense Secretary Alexander Vershbow underlines one of the touchiest disputes between the United States and Russia.
Two Georgian territories broke off in the August 2008 war and now host thousands of Russian troops. Russia recognizes the regions as independent and says that independence supersedes the European Union-brokered cease-fire's terms of pulling troops back to prewar positions and permitting international observers in the former conflict zone.
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