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John Hall has reached Batumi2010-03-02 17:22
The US coast guard ship named John Hall has entered the port of Batumi in order to take part in the joint maneuvers with Georgia in the Black Sea. In the course of the maneuvers, Tbilisi and Washington are going to practice the sea rescue procedure and methods of struggling with the illegal migration. The Russian MFA and Sukhum have already stated that they would thoroughly watch the training sessions of the Georgians and the Americans.
The raids of the American ships to the Georgian coast became customary within the last year and a half. On 13 August 2008, right after the attack of the Georgian troops against South Ossetia, the US President George Bush said in his official statement that he would send ships with humanitarian assistance to Georgia. The next day, the statement was commented upon by Mikhail Saakashvili in his TV address to the people; he said that the US' humanitarian and other missions mean the American troops holding control over the Georgian ports and airports to provide the people's protection". The talkative Georgian leader was, however, corrected by the Pentagon: there was no necessity of holding control over the strategic objects in Georgia.
However, further events showed that the visits paid by the American sailors to the ports of the republic are not at all that unambiguous as they were considered to be in Washington. In the same November, Batumi was visited by cruiser Barry. It was noted during the meeting between the ship commanders and the US Embassy officials that the ship arrived to Georgia with a friendly mission. "The visit is a planned one; such visits are paid by the American warships to the Georgian ports several times a year", - the Americans said. However, in three days, the vague notions of "friendship" and "planned activities" acquired a definite and a rather urgent meaning, which became clear due to the revelations of Minister of Georgia for Reintegration Temur Yakobashvili, who said in his interview that the US Navy ship will evidently become a restraining factor for Russia. "There are other factors as well that Georgia will use in case of a real danger of another aggression on the part of Moscow, which possibility is quite expected. Moscow was unable to achieve its purpose in Georgia", - the minister stated.