MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia will retain control over a key highway linking the Georgian capital to the sea even after completing a troop pullout, maps shown to journalists by a top General indicated Friday. Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said in a statement immediately challenged by the Georgian government that his country has completed its pullback of troops in Georgia,. "The pullback of Russian troops and units passed without incident and was completed on time" at 7:50 pm (1550 GMT), Serdyukov said in a statement given to journalists by the Kremlin press service. Immediately responding to Russia's claim, a senior Georgian official accused Russia of lying about having completed its troop pullout, saying Russian forces still occupied areas of the country. "It is not true that the withdrawal is complete," Interior Ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili told AFP. The maps, displayed at a Press conference by Deputy Chief of General Staff Anatoly Nogovitsyn, clearly showed Russia's self-proclaimed "zone of responsibility" to include long stretches of Georgia's main east-west road. These included most of the route from Georgia's main commercial port of Poti to the town of Senaki, where Nogovitsyn said troops would occupy the military aerodrome. Nogovitsyn said the zones were permitted under previous agreements that let Russian peacekeepers patrol parts of Georgia after the separatist wars of the early 1990s, when Abkhazia and South Ossetia broke free of Tbilisi's control. According to the maps, one "zone of responsibility" was situated near the rebel region of Abkhazia in the west of Georgia, while the other zone was located near South Ossetia, another rebel region. The zone around South Ossetia enclosed stretches of Georgia's main east-west road but did not include the central Georgian city of Gori. Russia planned to leave eight posts manned by 272 servicemen along the outer line of the South Ossetia zone, and 10 posts manned by 180 servicemen along the inner line, which corresponds to South Ossetia's border, Nogovitsyn said. A second buffer zone extended around Abkhazia, fully enclosing the Georgian town of Zugdidi, reaching to Senaki and stopping just north of Poti, whose port has attracted major foreign investment in recent years. The map marked two Russian posts just north of Poti. It also showed that the limits of the Abkhazia buffer zone enclosed most of the road connecting Poti and Senaki. The Russian General took a swipe at Nato after the Alliance sent warships to the Black Sea near Georgia for exercises, saying the move was unlikely to help efforts to stabilise the region. "Today, just as the conflict is over, Nato's naval ships are there," said Gen Nogovitsyn. Nato described the exercises, involving US, German, Spanish and Polish vessels, as routine and stressed they were planned before the Georgia conflict erupted this month. "This is a routine port visit and exercises that were planned a long time ago," said Carmen Romero, spokeswoman at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels.