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Black Sea blues

More shots across the bow by Russia. AFP reports the Russians are planning a Black Sea naval base in Abkhazia, in what used to be Georgia.

Russia is planning to build a base for its Black Sea fleet in the rebel Georgian province of Abkhazia, an Abkhaz official and a Russian member of parliament were quoted as saying on Thursday.

"Negotiations are already underway. We welcome the proposal by Russia to set up a base for the Black Sea fleet in Abkhazia," said the de facto foreign minister of Abkhazia, Sergei Shamba, quoted by RIA Novosti news agency.

As pointed out in an earlier post, Russia is planning to tighten cooperation with Cuba and Venezuela, a place where Bill Ayers is received like a star and makes speeches in praise of Hugo Chavez.

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