Two Turkish coastal guard ships are currently paying a three-day "friendly visit" in Georgia’s port Poti. The Turkish commander announced Ankara’s intention to give Georgia two Griffon-type coastal guard cutters as a gift and to train the Georgian crews in Turkey. (Russian agencies, September 15). Georgia this year acquired its first coastal guard ship as a gift from Ukraine, which also trained the Georgian crew. Moscow rejects Tbilisi’s claim to some coastal guard vessels of the ex-Soviet Black Sea Fleet.
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