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U.S. supplies $13 million worth of aid to Georgia

25.08.2008 Source: en.rian.ru

A U.S. warship has delivered $13 million worth of humanitarian aid to the Georgian port of Batumi, Georgia's Ministry of Defense said on Sunday.

"Our American partners have brought non-food items to Georgia," a ministry press-officer said. He did not specify what exactly the goods were.

The USS McFaul is the first of three ships carrying aid cargoes due in Georgia.

Two more U.S. ships carrying humanitarian aid are expected in Georgia in the next few days. NATO has sent a Polish frigate and a U.S. destroyer through the Bosporus to boost its presence in the Black Sea, a source in the Turkish navy said on Saturday.

Russia's General Staff earlier said it was concerned by the nature of cargoes the United States was airlifting to Georgia, questioning if they were really humanitarian aid. The U.S. sent two C-17 military planes to Georgia in mid-August as part of a Pentagon humanitarian mission.

The U.S. expressed its support for its ally Georgia after the former Soviet republic's ground and air attack on breakaway South Ossetia on August 8. It also criticized Russia's response to the assault as "disproportionate." The majority of the residents of South Ossetia have Russian citizenship.

Figures for fatalities during the August 8 attack are not yet clear, with South Ossetia saying over 1,500 people died. Russia has established 133 deaths, admitting however that makeshift burials had made determining an accurate death toll difficult.

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