US warship arrives in Georgian city of Batumi
The American embassy in Georgia says a US Navy destroyer is making a routine visit to the country's port of Batumi.world Updated: Nov 22, 2008 16:12 IST
The American embassy in Georgia says a US Navy destroyer is making a routine visit to the country's port of Batumi.
The USS Barry is the latest US warship to visit the Caucasus country since its August war with Russia.
An embassy spokesman says the ship is part of US Navy's 6th Fleet based in Naples, Italy, and arrived Saturday at the Black Sea port. The official spoke on customary condition of anonymity. He says the ship is not carrying humanitarian or military aid, and he dismissed speculation that the visit was timed to coincide with next week's arrival of Russian warships in Venezuela. The Peter the Great cruiser is sailing to the Caribbean with a squadron of Russian warships to showcase Russia's naval power.