Russia will begin withdrawing its army from the Georgian-South Ossetian conflict zone on Monday, according to President Dmitry Medvedev. It means troops will return to the positions they held before the outbreak of fighting. Medvedev announced the pledge after holding talks by telephone with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
The Russian leader also stressed the need for Georgia to return its forces to the agreed positions. The withdrawal of troops is one of the conditions of the French-brokered peace deal.
The Russian Defence Ministry says it has intelligence that Georgia is planning an act of provocation against its servicemen in the town of Gori.
It believes that Georgians are forming military groups and planning to carry out attacks in the area, dressed in Russian military uniforms.