Russian troops continue to block Gori

Russian troops are continuing to block entrance to the strategically key city of Gori in war-battered Georgia, amid doubt about whether the forces will honor a pullback agreement. The city is located on Georgia's main east-west road and the Russian presence there effectively cuts the country in two. Under a cease-fire agreement, Russian forces are to pull back to the positions they held before the severe fighting that broke out a week ago in the separatist Georgian region of South Ossetia and saw Russian forces enter Georgia proper. Although Gori is well outside South Ossetia, Russian military vehicles were blocking the road into the city on Friday morning. Also Friday, a Georgian Interior Ministry spokesman said there are no Russian troops in the city of Kutaisi, Georgia's second-largest city, despite reports they were headed in that direction overnight.