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Russian FM is concerned over Georgian-American military exercises

2013-03-22 13:57

Georgian-US military exercises "Agile Spirit-2013", which began on March 18 at the training ground of Georgian Defense Ministry in Vaziani, has caused concern. According to the VZGLYAD, this was announced on Friday by the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich.


"These annual activities, called by our American partners the "preparation for operations in Afghanistan", is really a matter of concern", he said.

"We believe that any foreign military assistance to Tbilisi, whatever it is motivated by, is complicating prospects for peace and stability in the region", Lukashevich added.

Recall, military exercises, involving 350 servicemen of the U.S. Marine Corps and the 23rd Battalion of the Second Infantry Brigade of Georgian Armed Forces, started on March 18 and last till April 5.

The U.S. Marines arrived to Georgia to participate in the Georgian-US military exercises "Agile Spirit-2013" on March 11.

At the same time, in August 2012, the United States and Georgia urged Russia not to conduct military exercises "Caucasus-2012". The U.S. were afraid that the country would support Iran and Syria, if a conflict with them starts; while Georgia was afraid that Russian Federation intended to enslave the country.


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