Friday, September 5, 2008

Russia challenges US over Georgia aid mission

Russia has lashed out at the United States for sending a Navy flagship to a key Georgian port which has been patrolled by Russian troops.

The war of words between America and Russia is intensifying.

Russia announced that it had received support from a group of former soviet states calling themselves the Collective Security Treaty Organisation.

At the same time, US Vice President Dick Cheney wrapped up a tour of America's allies in the region.

In a sign that tensions are rising, the Kremlin challenged Washington on why it had chosen one of its most sophisticated warships, the USS Mount Whitney, to transport aid to the Black Sea port of Poti.

Meanwhile, European Union foreign ministers have travelled from Paris to Avignon in France, aboard a special high-speed train decked out in European colours in a show of unity over the Georgia crisis.


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