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Third US naval ship takes aid to Georgia

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The US Navy has sent a third ship to Georgia to deliver humanitarian aid. The USS Mount Whitney dropped anchor off the port of Poti, which is patrolled by Russian forces. The American visitors were warmly received by local Georgians. Moscow however slammed the mission, suggesting it might be serving military purposes.

Two earlier US shipments steered clear of a potential showdown with the Russians by diverting to Batumi.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said today the heads of six former Soviet Republics backed Moscow’s military intervention in Georgia last month. He said members of the “Collective Security Treaty Organisation” gave a “negative assessment” of what he called “Georgia’s aggression in South Ossetia.”