Russia suggests US ships may have carried arms

Russia is suggesting US ships that brought humanitarian aid to Georgia may have also carried weapons. Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko says such suspicions are among the motives for Russia's call for an arms embargo against Georgia. Nesterenko says there are "suppositions" that the cargo of US military ships that brought aid for war-battered Georgia may also have included "military components." Nesterenko also said in a news conference Monday that Russia would welcome an international police presence and more Western military observers in what is now a Russian-controlled zone around Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia. But he indicated it would be a long time before Russia was ready to reduce its military presence.