Sunday, August 24, 2008

NATO humanitarian aid arrives in Batumi

A U.S. Navy warship carrying humanitarian aid anchored in the southern port of Batumi on Sunday, bringing much-needed relief to Georgia and sending a strong signal of support to an embattled ally.

As the Batumi port cannot receive ships of that size, the aid will be loaded onto smaller boats and then delivered to the port, which is prepared to receive the cargo.

The government planned to receive these ships at Poti, because despite bombing and sabotage by the Russian army that port has managed to resume operations of every terminal. However, problems remain on the port railway, and therefore the dispatch of the loads from the terminals was halted.

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