Russia warns NATO To leave the Black sea
In 21 days or be attacked.
MOSCOW, September 2 (RIA Novosti) - Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday Russia will respond calmly to the presence of NATO warships in the Black Sea. (Russia's Black Sea Fleet - Image gallery)
"Our response will be calm, not hysterical, but there will definitely be a response," Putin said.
NATO sent a number of ships, including U.S. warships, into the Black Sea after Russia completed its operation "to force Georgia to peace" on August 12.
The operation came as a response to Georgia's attack on South Ossetia on August 8.
The U.S. has delivered millions of dollars of what it says is humanitarian aid to its ally Georgia. Russia has however questioned the nature of the deliveries.
"If the talk is about humanitarian aid to one of the parties to the conflict, I believe that.it should go to the victims of aggression, that is to South Ossetia," Putin said, adding that it was unclear why warships were needed to carry humanitarian aid.
Deputy Chief of the Russian General Staff Colonel General Anatoly Nogovitsyn also said on Tuesday that Russia was concerned over the presence of the five NATO warships in the Black Sea.
Moscow recognized South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states on August 26, and Putin said it was not that significant for Russia that no other country had so far followed suit. Western countries have condemned the move as an "irresponsible decision."
Russia said that the decision was taken to protect the region following Georgia's attack on South Ossetia during which hundreds of civilians were killed and thousands forced to flee the devastated region.
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