The Russian Navy’s Black Sea fleet has completed a warship drill off the coast of Abkhazia under the supervision of a Nato vessel, according to a Russian Navy official.

The Russian Navy official was quoted by Ria Novosti as saying that the drills involved a dozen warships, were carried out in close cooperation with the coastguard forces of the former Georgian republic of Abkhazia and were watched by a US Coastguard vessel.

The official said the USS John Hall was in the Black Sea area on its way to conducting joint drills with Georgian Navy coastguard vessels.

The main task of the American vessel in the Black Sea was not the practice of Georgian-American interaction on the sea but in tracking the drills of the Black Sea fleet, according to the official.