Russia Holds Black Sea Drills “Under NATO’s Watchful Eye”

From RIA Novosti: The Russian Black Sea Fleet practiced an amphibious landing of troops on the coast of Abkhazia as a nearby NATO vessel observed, a Russian Navy source said on Wednesday.

He said the drills, involving a dozen warships, were conducted on February 27 in close cooperation with the coast guard forces of the former Georgian republic of Abkhazia and were watched by a U.S. coast guard vessel.

"During the drills, the USS John Hall was in this area of the Black Sea," the source said, adding that the U.S. vessel was officially conducting joint drills with Georgian Navy coast guards vessels.

"However, the main task of the American vessel in the Black Sea was not the practice of Georgian-American interaction on the sea, but in tracking the drills of the Black Sea fleet," the source added.  (photo: Vladimir Popov/RIA Novosti)

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