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Russia: Joint Russian-American Military Exercises Cut Short

Vladivostok, August 13 (RFE/RL) -- Bad weather and flooding in Russia's Far East have cut joint Russian-American military exercises scheduled for this week from two days to one, says Russia's Pacific Fleet headquarters.

The exercises, scheduled for Thursday and Friday, will instead start and finish tomorrow. The maneuvers, titled, "Cooperation At Sea" will focus on simulating rescue operations during the aftermath of an earthquake.

Two hundred Russian marines, eight vessels, and three specially equipped helicopters will take part in the exercises.

The United States has dispatched to Vladivostok the amphibious assault ship "Belleau Wood" from the Seventh Fleet. More than 1,000 sailors usually serve on the ship.