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Russia risking its US relations over Georgia warns Gates

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As the West struggles diplomatically to turn the ceasefire between Georgia and Russia into a more lasting peace deal, the risks to Russia of not ending the conflict have been made clear by US Defence Secretary Robert Gates.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrives in Tblisi today to bear a message of support to Georgia but she will also be warning them of their limits in this unequal struggle.

Washington’s initial response to Georgia’s plight was seen as only lukewarm criticism of Russia and much hard bargaining remains likely before France’s brokered end to the shooting develops into something more permanent.