Medvedev: US Taunting Russia With Ships

He scoffs at notion that they're providing humanitarian relief
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2008 12:30 PM CDT
The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Dallas at Georgia's Black Sea port of Batumi, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Dmitry Medvedev accused the US of baiting the bear today by using military vessels to deliver humanitarian aid to Georgia. “I wonder how they would feel if we now dispatched humanitarian assistance to the Caribbean, suffering from a hurricane, using our navy,” mused the Russian president, theorizing that the US was actually using the trips to rebuild Georgia’s army.

NATO, meanwhile, brushed off accusations that it was deploying more warships to the Black Sea, saying the vessels were merely on routine exercises. The US has sent three warships to Georgia, the most recent and largest of which landed yesterday at the Russian-controlled port of Poti. At the same time, President Bush is contemplating breaking off a nuclear trade deal with Russia as punishment for the Georgian invasion.