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The US will moor to the Georgian shore2011-11-14 19:48
The US Navy is looking for a place in Georgia to build a full-fledged base on the Black Sea coast. But it was the Armenian sources which have announced about this. This is not about public negotiations between Pentagon and official Tbilisi. The Georgian side is hoping to kill two birds with one stone in this matter: to ensure a permanent presence the U.S. Navy on its territory, and to earn money for operation and maintenance of the naval base.
For residents of Batumi, the contemplation of naval cruiser of the U.S. - is a common phenomenon. But the beautiful and large warships moor here only when arriving to visit. It's not a secret that they would like to see them more often. But there are no prerequisites for this.
Initially, they have begun to speak of the possibility of creating a full-fledged base, which would maintenance the naval forces of the USA in Georgia, in 2005. But that time, the political realities were quite different. And Georgia's illusions were also different. In Tbilisi, they believe that the country can join NATO and to let the U.S. forces on their territory so that they would fight in Abkhazia and South Ossetia for them.
But then the project has not taken place. We can only guess why. Maybe, because of the political situation, rapidly changing in the region. As reported by the Armenian sources, the process was resumed only this year. In March 2011, Georgia was again visited by the representatives of European Command of the US Navy, studying the possibility of creating a port-base for the maintenance of warships. It is basically about small military boats, which would serve as a patrol character. But at the same time, a port-base should be able to deploy larger warships. The Georgian authorities have proposed two of its largest ports - Batumi and Poti - for this purpose.