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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

St. Petersburgers Protest NATO Ships

ST. PETERSBURG -- Russian ultranationalists, outraged by NATO's threat to use force in Serbia's rebel region of Kosovo, angrily protested Thursday against a visit by the Western alliance's warships to St Petersburg.

Several dozen supporters of maverick right-wing politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky and a tiny group known as the National Bolshevik Party shouted slogans and waved placards saying "NATO go home!" as seven warships pulled into the Neva River flowing through Russia's second city.

"We are against NATO's role in Yugoslavia and believe that the visit is untimely." one of the protesters, Gennady Orlov, said of the ships.

Russian nationalists have urged the Kremlin to break a cooperation deal with NATO and offer all-round support to fellow-Orthodox Christian Serbia if the West launches military strikes to punish it for its policy towards Kosovo's ethnic Albanians.