facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Russia, Georgia spar over Black Sea drills

April 1, 2013 at 9:14 AM   |   Comments

1 of 2
| License Photo
MOSCOW, April 1 (UPI) -- Georgian claims that Russia's snap military drills in the Black Sea were destabilizing reflects its own regional aggressions, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

The Georgian government last week said Russian military action in the Black Sea was "at odds with the interests of stability."

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered troops and military assets to the Black Sea. State-run news agency RIA Novosti said the drills were meant to ensure regional stability ahead of next year's Winter Olympics in Sochi, on Russia's Black Sea coast.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said Georgia's reaction was a "public inflation of a Russian threat to cover its own confrontational policy," RIA Novosti reports.

Georgia and Russian went to war in 2008 over the separatist republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Putin's unannounced drills followed a decision from Georgia last week to refuse a draft non-aggression document regarding the republics.

More than 30 warships, 250 combat vehicles and up to 7,000 troops participated in the exercise last week.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Conservative darling Ben Carson considering 2016 bid Conservative darling Ben Carson considering 2016 bid
2
$900,000 Porsche Spyder catches fire at gas station $900,000 Porsche Spyder catches fire at gas station
3
Patient admitted to hospital with potential Ebola virus Patient admitted to hospital with potential Ebola virus
4
Phoenix storms bring floods, close airport Phoenix storms bring floods, close airport
5
White House intruder ran through much of main floor White House intruder ran through much of main floor
Trending News
x
Feedback