Russia`s General Staff said on Thursday it was concerned by the type of cargoes the United States was airlifting to Georgia and said Russia`s Black Sea fleet would take commands only from the Russian President

Ukraine`s president Viktor Yushchenko had signed a decree requiring authorization for Russian warships to return to their base in Sevastopol, a Crimean port which is part of Ukraine.

Colonel-General Anatoly Nogovitsyn, deputy head of Russia`s general staff, told a news conference it was legitimate for Russian peacekeepers to be in the Georgian port town of Poti for intelligence operations.

The General Staff had previously denied Russian troops were in Poti.