August 13, 2008 / 1:29 PM / 10 years ago

Russian troops not going to Tbilisi: ministry

TBILISI (Reuters) - Russian troops have left the Georgian town of Gori near South Ossetia, but are not advancing towards the capital Tbilisi, Georgia’s deputy interior minister said on Wednesday.

Soldiers sit on tanks that are part of a Russian military convoy travelling on a main road leading to the Georgian city of Zugdidi, which is about 350 km (220 miles) away from Georgia's capital Tbilisi, August 13, 2008. Georgia accused Russia on Wednesday of sending tanks from South Ossetia into the Georgian town of Gori but Russia issued a swift denial and an eyewitness said the town was empty. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

“I’d like to calm everybody down. The Russian military is not advancing towards the capital,” Ekaterine Zguladze told a news conference. Zguladze did not specify what the Russian troops were doing.

Reporting by Margarita Antidze

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