Asia Crisis

Blast goes off near Russia troops in Georgia - Ifax

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MOSCOW, July 2 (Reuters) - A blast shook a post used by Russian troops in Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia on Wednesday but no-one was injured, Interfax reported, citing local peacekeepers.

Interfax said a device exploded near the de-facto border between Georgia and Abkhazia in the Zugdidi region.

"As a result of the explosion there were no casualties and no-one was injured," Interfax quoted a spokesman for Russian peacekeepers as saying.

Abkhazia, a tiny sliver of land on the Black Sea coast, has been the scene of mounting tensions between Georgia, which wants to reassert its control, and the Moscow-backed separatists.

A popular Soviet-era resort, Abkhazia threw off Tbilisi's rule in a 1990s separatist war. It is not recognised by any state, but runs its own affairs.

Russia provides financial aid and has peacekeepers in the region, which it says are preventing further bloodshed. Georgia, an aspiring NATO member, accuses Moscow of trying to annexe Abkhazia. (Reporting by Conor Sweeney; Writing by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Giles Elgood)