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Moskva missile cruiser approaching port of Sukhumi


 27.08.2008 

 A Russian naval official reported an increase in NATO warships near the Georgian coast on Wednesday

Moskva missile cruiser, the flagship of Russia's Black Sea Fleet, was approaching the port of Sukhumi, Abkhazia's capital

According to Anatoly Nogovitsyn, the deputy chief of the Russian General Staff, the cruiser should have returned to its base in Sevastopol on Tuesday night.

Today several ships of the Black Sea fleet have already entered the Sukhumi port.

Russian general said Wednesday, warning that a further build-up could be in violation of a pre-World War II agreement.
(6831 bytes) [c] Russia says number of NATO ships in Black Sea increasing
SUKHUMI, August 27 (RIA Novosti) - A Russian naval official reported an increase in NATO warships near the Georgian coast on Wednesday.

"According to our information, NATO ships are in the Black Sea and their numbers are increasing," said Vice Adm. Sergei Menyailo, commander of the Novorossiisk naval base.

He said some of the ships were at the port of Batumi in southwest Georgia. "We are monitoring the situation," he added.

Russia is concerned that NATO is continuing to build up its forces in the Black Sea. The military alliance announced its decision to deliver humanitarian aid to Georgia after the conclusion of hostilities between Tbilisi and Moscow over breakaway South Ossetia on August 12. Moscow recognized both South Ossetia and Abkhazia, another breakaway Georgia republic, on Tuesday, despite warnings by Western leaders not to do so.

Moscow has questioned why the U.S. military is needed to deliver aid to Georgia. According to a Russian military intelligence source, the NATO warships that have entered the Black Sea are carrying over 100 Tomahawk cruise missiles and Harpoon anti-ship missiles between them.

A U.S. Embassy spokesman said on Wednesday that a warship that was due to deliver aid to the Georgian port of Poti, where Russian troops have been carrying out patrols, would dock at Batumi. He did not explain the reason for the decision.

Menyailo said that the Moskva missile cruiser, the flagship of Russia's Black Sea Fleet, was approaching the port of Sukhumi, Abkhazia's capital.

According to Anatoly Nogovitsyn, the deputy chief of the Russian General Staff, the cruiser should have returned to its base in Sevastopol on Tuesday night.

Menyailo also said that the Russian naval group patrolling the waters off Abkhazia was sufficient to maintain peace and stability in the region. "We are not planning to increase the number of our ships there, but everything depends on regional stability,' Menyailo said.

He said the ships differed in kind, ranging from landing vessels to missile ships and submarine chasers.

"We are controlling territorial waters and the adjacent area, ensuring shipping safety, and preventing the smuggling of arms and military vehicles," the official said.

Russia's General Staff said on Tuesday there were ten NATO ships in the Black Sea - three U.S. warships, the Polish frigate General Pulaski, the German frigate FGS Lubeck, and the Spanish navy ship Admiral Juan de Borbon, as well as four Turkish vessels.

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Russian Black Sea fleet flagship enters Abkhazian waters

The flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, rocket cruiser Moskva, is nearing the Sukhumi port of Abkhazia.

Vice admiral Sergei Meniaylo, commander of the Novorossiyskiy Naval Base, disclosed this to journalists today, according to Gazeta.ru.

Yesterday, general Anatoliy Nogovitsyn, deputy head of the Russian Staff, claimed that the ship was merely training and would return to her base port of Sevastopol in the evening of Tuesday.

Today several ships of the Black Sea fleet have already entered the Sukhumi port.

S.Meniaylo stressed that the ships were there since the first day of the conflict, and will stay until they receive other instructions.

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Russian Fleet Monitoring NATO Ships In Black Sea
MOSCOW (AFP)--Russia's navy is monitoring North Atlantic Treaty Organization ships in the Black Sea, a top Russian general said Wednesday, warning that a further build-up could be in violation of a pre-World War II agreement.

"In light of the build-up of NATO naval forces in the Black Sea, the fleet has also taken on the task of monitoring their activities," the deputy head of Russia's general staff, Anatoly Nogovitsyn, said in a briefing.

NATO must respect limits set on vessels deployed in the Black Sea that were set in the 1936 agreement signed in Montreux, Switzerland, he said.

The Montreux Convention, as it is called, sets a weight restriction of 45,000 metric tons on the number of warships that countries outside the Black Sea region can deploy in the basin.

"Can NATO...indefinitely build up its forces and means there? It turns out it cannot," Nogovitsyn said.

The agreement requires countries to keep ships in the Black Sea for no longer than three weeks after which time they must be rotated out, he added.

Russia has no plans to bolster its Black Sea fleet with other navy ships, he said.

"We are not planning to add (forces), although we could.

"This is a different Russia and our nerves are strong," he said.

Tension has risen in the Black Sea in recent weeks after Russia sent ships to the coast near Georgia as part of its response this month to Tbilisi's offensive to retake South Ossetia.

NATO Friday said it had begun "routine exercises" in the Black Sea involving U.S., German, Spanish and Polish vessels which had been planned before the Georgia conflict erupted.

The exercises, which will include visits in Bulgaria and Romania, began on Thursday, with the three European ships and are due to end Sept. 10.

The United States separately has sent the U.S. navy destroyer USS McFaul and another ship to Georgia to deliver humanitarian aid, a move that has been sharply criticized by Moscow.

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dallas docked in Georgia's southern port city of Batumi on Wednesday while the Russian missile cruiser Moskva (Moscow) arrived along with other ships in Sukhumi, the capital of breakaway Abkhazia.

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Long time since my last comment in an article. But we are assisting dangerous moves from everybody.

I think that we can consider that it is the first time since break of URSS, seeing such big ammount of ships.

Russia now cannot rollback, and others just have to make the usual noise, regarding this political issues.

US is trying to show strong, but this is Russia area and no US aircraft carrier can give support. US aircraft carriers cannot enter in the zone, except for war situation and nobody wants a war between these two.

I'm worried about the amount of ships, that are gathering there, cool heads must prevail on both sides or situation could escalate and get out of control.

We are looking for the abyss here, US must acknowledge that they cannot do a thing here. US must respect the adversary, or we are all going to war.

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