May 7, 2016 - 12:47 AMT
Russia slams U.S.-Georgian drills as provocative

Russia has criticized upcoming joint military exercises involving the United States and Georgia, RFE/RL reports.

Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Friday, May 6 that the military drills were a provocative step that could destabilize the Caucasus region.

The training exercises, dubbed Noble Partner 2016, are due to take place in Georgia from May 11 to May 26.

Tbilisi says a total of 1,300 troops will take part in the exercises -- including 650 troops from the U.S. European Command, 650 Georgian troops, and 150 British soldiers.

Georgia's Defense Ministry says the main goal of the operation is to increase the ability of Georgian forces to work as part of a NATO response force.