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Georgia: Shevardnadze Assails Moscow Over Black Sea Fleet

Tbilisi, 9 June 1997 (RFE/RL) - In comments issued today, Georgia's President Eduard Shevardnadze sharply criticizes Russia, saying Moscow has offended his country.

In his weekly radio address, Shevardnadze referred to several issues. He described as cynical and heartless the Russian refusal to give Georgia a part of the former Soviet Black Sea Fleet. Russia and Ukraine have divided the fleet between each other.

Shevardnadze said such an attitude made it difficult to develop a strategic partnership with Moscow.

He also criticised the behaviour of Russian peacekeeping forces in Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia. He said lack of discipline and poor organization among the soldiers were causing problems.