U.S. warships visit Georgia's Black Sea port

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TBILISI, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- Two U.S. warships on Monday arrived at Georgia's Black Sea port of Batumi for joint exercises and exchange of experience, according to Georgia's Internal Affairs Ministry.

In a statement posted on its official website, the ministry said that USS Mount Whitney and destroyer USS Porter from the U.S. Sixth Fleet entered Batumi port on Monday.

The statement said that the visit demonstrated the successful cooperation between the United States and Georgia, and aims to strengthen maritime security, ensure the stability of U.S. regional partners, and increase maritime readiness and capabilities.

The ministry said that during the port visit, joint naval exercises will be held in the Black Sea, which will help improve the interaction between the crews and develop the country's Border Police Coast Guard capabilities.

Russian Defense Ministry said on Oct. 30 that Russia's Black Sea Fleet is tracking the movement of U.S. guided-missile destroyer USS Porter that entered the Black Sea recently.

Earlier that month, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko voiced concerns over NATO's military build-up near Russian borders and its plan to turn the Black Sea region into a confrontation zone, which is "an extremely dangerous path fraught with risks of military incidents." Enditem

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