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USA may deploy its military bases in Georgia2009-02-03 14:39
It may be the response of Washington to the military presence of Russia in Abkhazia, The Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports alluding to Kavkaz Press agency.gt-en-newsitem-inside
According to these data, the negotiations between Georgia and the US started in end January, when a delegation headed by General Carter Ham came to Tbilisi. The military bases may be deployed in Poti port and in Marneuli, not so far from the Georgian capital.
At the present moment the issues of the bases establishment are being discussed at the level of military agencies, Kavkaz Press informs alluding to high-ranking sources, close to the negotiations. Tbilisi is ready to renounce this idea if Moscow revises the plans on establishment of Russian bases in Abkhazia, Ekho Moskvy (The Echo of Moscow) reports.
Let us remind that according to the previous messages, Russia intends to deploy two bases in the republic: the air force base and a naval one. The authority of Abkhazia confirmed the information.
"Negotiations with Abkhaz side on deploying military aircrafts in Gudauta region, in Bombory, are being held. The issue regarding basing the ships of Black See Fleet in Ochamchira is being discussed as well "stated the military diplomatic source in Moscow on January 30th .
Besides, in accordance with the Treaty on friendship and cooperation between Russia and Abkhazia, signed in 2008, a Russian military base with 3700 servicemen contingent will be established in Abkhazia.
NATO leaders and the US department of State strongly criticized Russia's plans to deploy military bases in Abkhazia.