Surprise Military Drill In Black Sea in March 2013

Putin Announces Surprise Military Drill In Black Sea


The Russian amphibious landing vessel "Caesar Kunikov" (left) leaves the Black Sea port of Sevastopol in 2012.

The Russian amphibious landing vessel "Caesar Kunikov" (left) leaves the Black Sea port of Sevastopol in 2012.

March 28, 2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a surprise order for military exercises to start in the Black Sea.
Putin reportedly sent the order to Russia’s defense minister early on March 28.
"We’re talking about a large, unplanned review-exercise," presidential spokesman Dmitri Peskov said.
There was no obligation to inform neighboring countries of the pending maneuvers, he said.
Peskov said that "according to international practice, exercises in which less than 7,000 people taking part do not require informing our partners ahead of time."
Peskov said 36 naval vessels from Sevastopol and Novorossiisk would take part, along with an unspecified number of aircraft.
Peskov said the main goal is to check unit "readiness and cohesion."
In February, Russia’s military conducted several unannounced military exercises and discovered some units were unable to mobilize quickly.

Based on reporting by Interfax and ITAR-TASS

http://www.rferl.org/content/russia-military-exercise-black-sea/24941457.html

 

Georgia Voices Concern over Russia’s Recent Military Drills

Georgia Voices Concern over Russia’s Recent Military Drills

07:46 30/03/2013
 
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TBILISI, March 30 (RIA Novosti) – The Georgian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday that Tbilisi was concerned with Russia’s military drills in the country’s southern Black Sea region this week.

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the snap drills on Thursday, as concerns persist over the combat readiness of the armed forces in Russia.

The Georgian ministry said in a statement that Russia’s actions “contradict interests of stability” in Europe and the drills cannot be viewed as a “proportional reaction on possible threats.”

Georgian Defense Minister Irakly Alasaniya, however, said on Friday that he saw no threat from Russia’s military drills in the Black Sea region.

The Black Sea exercise involves up to 7,000 military personnel, including rapid deployment, airborne and special task forces, more than 30 warships, about 250 armored vehicles, up to 20 pieces of artillery and 20 aircraft.

According to international law, exercises of this size do not have to be announced to other countries prior to their beginning.

http://en.rian.ru/politics/20130330/180340253/Georgia-Voices-Concern-over-Russias-Recent-Military-Drills.html

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