Russia, Georgia reopen mountain border crossing

14:48, March 01, 2010      

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A mountain border crossing between Georgia and Russia was reopened early Monday morning, in a rare sign of easing tensions between the two former Soviet republics, Russian media reported.

The Verkhny Lars border crossing on the Caucasus mountains had been closed since mid-2006 by Russia as the relations between the two countries got strained.

The Georgian foreign ministry said earlier the Verkhny Lars checkpoint would open to vehicle traffic on Monday.

Source: Xinhua
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