Putin Orders War Games in Black Sea

Military exercises could make Georgia, Ukraine uneasy

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 28, 2013 12:11 PM CDT

(Newser) – Vladimir Putin ordered surprise military exercises in the Black Sea today, in a move that could make neighboring Ukraine and Georgia a little uneasy, Reuters reports. Thirty-six warships and an unspecified number of warplanes will take part in the previously unannounced exercises, a Putin spokesman said. "The main goal is to check the readiness and cohesion of the various units," he said, adding that Russia had no obligation to warn nearby countries ahead of such maneuvers. Russia was also mum on how long the exercises would last.

BIE General Secretary (International Exhibition Bureau) Vicente Loscertales, right, meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, March 28, 2013.   (AP Photo/Alexander Nemenov, Pool)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with BIE General Secretary Vicente Loscertales during their meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, March 28, 2013.   (AP Photo/Alexander Nemenov, Pool)
In this photo taken on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Egyptian President, Mohammed Morsi, unseen, during the BRICS 2013 Summit in Durban, South Africa.   (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)
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