British assistant defense secretary Roger Jackling announced yesterday in Tbilisi that Britain will donate to Georgia two coastal guard cutters. Britain will furthermore receive in 1998 a first group of Georgian officers for training. Jackling conferred with President Eduard Shevardnadze and Defense Minister Vardiko Nadibaidze during his visit. (Russian agencies, November 19) The U.S. and Turkey have also decided to donate several cutters to Georgia. Ukraine, likewise, has already given a cutter to Georgia. Russia, in contrast, has withheld Georgia’s due share of Black Sea Fleet ships.
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