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Tuesday, July 29
Forecast promises cooler weather in August

Due to a cool flow of air from the north-western part of the Black Sea, the weather promises to be cooler at the beginning of August.

On Saturday the temperature already began to show signs of decreasing in western Georgia

By August, the temperature is expected to peak at 30–32 degrees in the mountains and lowlands and 27–20 degrees on the coast. According to the forecast rain is expected.

In eastern Georgia the temperature is expected to decrease from today onwards.

Until recently, forecasts have shown temperatures to rise well above the 30-degree mark, reaching sometimes 36–38 degrees.
(Black Sea Press)

Working group of Black Sea basin countries to meet in Batumi

A working group of Black Sea basin countries will meet in Batumi on July 29–30 to discuss cooperation between coast guard authorities.

Delegations from Georgia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Turkey and Russian are expected to attend.

Today deputy chief of the Georgian border police and head of the coast guard Major General David Gulua will open the meeting. Delegations will discuss tackling the smuggling of nuclear material among other issues.

The delegations will visit the ports of Batumi and Poti and on July 30 will sign a joint memorandum.
(Black Sea Press)

Tskhinvali again without water

A Russian official of the Joint Peacekeeping Forces (JPKF) in the South Ossetian conflict zone has accused Georgian village residents of siphoning off water from a water pipeline to Tskhinvali.

Assistant Commander of the JPKF Vladimir Ivanov said that on July 26, between 12:35 and 15:20 Moscow time, a group of military observers of the JPKF and the OSCE together with water specialists from the Georgian and Ossetian sides monitored the Edisi–Tskhinvali water pipeline.

“The aim of this procedure was to gather information on this section of the water pipeline. During the monitoring between villages of Zemo, Achabeti and Sveri the monitoring group revealed 16 illegal tie-ins and holes. Consequently, the supply of drinking water to Tskhinvali had stopped,” he said.

Ivanov added that Georgians are using the tie-ins to water their gardens, the news agency RIA Novosti reported.

“According to the agreement signed between the two sides, in the near future repair brigades will begin work to [stop] tie-ins,” the assistant JPKF commander said.
(Black Sea Press)

Russia to withdraw railway troops this week

Russia will withdraw its railway troops from Abkhazia on July 29–30, the Russian Foreign Ministry has announced.

A ceremony marking the end of repair work on the railway will be held in Abkhazia on July 30.

The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed on May 31 that railroad engineers were dispatched to repair roads and railways as “humanitarian aid” for the separatist enclave.

Tbilisi reacted with outrage, stating that the deployment was part of preparations for war.
(Prime News)