Moscow: Russia on Wednesday accused the United
States of quietly rearming Georgia a year after Russian forces
crushed the ex-Soviet state`s US-backed military and warned it
would respond accordingly.
"Delivery of weapons from the United States is
continuing," Deputy Foreign Minister Grigori Karasin told
journalists at a briefing ahead of the first anniversary of
the 2008 Russia-Georgia war.
"This is worrisome and will force us to take
corresponding measures," Karasin said. He did not elaborate on
what types of weapons were involved or on how Russia would
His comments however marked one of Moscow`s most
pointed accusations that the United States, which recently
reaffirmed a strategic commitment to Georgia, was stoking
tensions in the volatile Caucasus region.
On a visit to Tbilisi on July 23, US Vice President
Joe Biden admitted that Washington, which equipped and trained
Georgian forces prior to the war last August, was working on
"maintaining" the Georgian military.
He said however that the effort was confined to
"planning, training, organization" -- and not the supply of
The following day, Russia`s ambassador to NATO said
Moscow would impose sanctions on US or any other foreign firms
that sold arms to Georgia.