Georgia accuses Russia of moving border to effectively seize part of a BP-operated pipeline

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The Georgian government has accused Russian troops of redrawing a section of the border separating Georgia from its breakaway region of South Ossetia, seizing part of an international oil pipeline as a result.

Georgia says the de facto border was pushed nearly a kilometer (a half mile) deeper into its territory, leaving a section of the BP-operated Baku-Supsa pipeline in Russian-controlled territory.

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The new border also is only about 500 meters (yards) from the main highway running from the Georgian capital to the Black Sea.

Georgian journalists held a protest Tuesday at the border village of Khurvaleti to call for an end to "Russian occupation."

Russia has had troops based in South Ossetia since a 2008 war with Georgia, a former Soviet republic now aligned with the West.