Ukraine Warns Russia Over Sending Warships to Georgia

Ukraine has warned Russia that it reserved the right to temporarily bar Russian warships dispatched to the Georgian coast from returning back to their Ukrainian base in Sevastopol.

“The Ukrainian side warns the Russian side against the possibility of the Black Sea warships taking part in the conflict over South Ossetia,” the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Gregory Karasin, the Russian deputy foreign minister, said Russia has dispatched its vessels to the Abkhaz coast in order to prevent possibility of “reoccurrence of the events that has already happened in South Ossetia.”

It was reported earlier today that military vessels from the Russia’s Black Sea fleet, including a missile cruiser Moskva, have been deployed at the Georgia’s maritime border.

The vessels’ task is to prevent supplies of armament to Georgia via maritime routes, Interfax reported quoting a source from the Russia’s general staff of the armed forces.

[Source: Civil Georgia, Tbilisi, 10Aug08]

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