Russian troops left the key Georgian town of Gori on Friday and are pulling out from surrounding areas, a senior Georgian official said.
National Security Council official Kakha Lomaia did not specify whether Russian troops had removed checkpoints on Georgia's main east-west highway skirting the town.
"I can officially confirm that Russian troops have left Gori and are leaving areas around Gori," Lomaia told Reuters.
He said he would meet Russian military officials later on Friday to discuss where they will post checkpoints under a Russian plan to hold a 'buffer zone' adjacent to breakaway South Ossetia.
Russian troops pushed into Georgia proper this month after pouring over the Russian border to repel an offensive by Georgian troops aimed at retaking South Ossetia's separatist capital, Tskhinvali.
Lomaia said earlier on Friday that the Russian commander in Gori had promised his troops would pull out of the town by the evening.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Ağustos 2008, 18:53