Russian Warship Arrives in Bulgarian Black Sea for Naval Drills
Russian warship, The Caesar Kunikov, has arrived in Bulgaria's Black Sea port of Varna to take part in the 14th Blackseafor naval drills.
The Caesar Kunikov is a large amphibious landing ship from Russia's Black Sea Fleet. It is a Ropucha-I class large landing ship. The vessel was involved in August 2008 Russian-Georgian naval skirmish.
In 2001 Turkey established the Blackseafor naval group - which comprises Turkey, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Romania, Georgia and Russia.
"The Blackseafor warships will practice, in particular, monitoring of commercial shipping, interception and pursuit of suspicious vessels...communications and tactical maneuvering," a spokesman for the Black Sea Fleet said, cited by RIANOVOSTI.
Georgian warships have not participated in the Blackseafor exercises for a number of years, and will not take part in the upcoming drills.
Russia has said it will not take part in any joint naval exercises involving Georgian warships.
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