US warship visits Georgia despite Russia anger

17th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

A US warship arrived Monday in Georgia's Black Sea port of Batumi for exercises with the country's coast guard, the US embassy said, in the latest of a series of such calls which have angered Russia.

The guided missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea's "regularly scheduled" port call will include "combined training exercises with the Georgian Coast Guard," the US embassy in Tbilisi said in a statement.

"This visit serves to continue US 6th Fleet efforts to build global maritime partnerships with Black Sea nations and improve maritime safety and security," the embassy said.

US warships delivered humanitarian aid to Georgia after the Caucasus nation fought a brief war with Russia in August 2008.

Moscow has criticised the decision to send the sophisticated warships, saying it might contravene international conventions and that the ships were unsuited for aid missions.

© 2011 AFP

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