US scolds Russia over pacts with Georgia provinces

The United States accused Russia on Friday of ignoring its commitments that ended its brief war with neighboring Georgia last year by signing agreements that would allow Russian troops on the border of Georgia's two breakaway provinces. State Department spokesman Robert Wood expressed the United States' "serious concern" over pacts that President Dmitry Medvedev signed with leaders of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. "This action contravenes Russia's commitments under the Aug. 12 cease-fire agreement brokered by French President Nicolas Sarkozy ," Wood said in a statement. Wood said the United States wanted Russia not only to abandon the agreements but to relocate its own troops to positions held before the conflict last August.