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Georgia to sign strategic deal with US

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Relations between America and Russia look set to worsen when the US and Georgia sign a strategic co-operation agreement in the new year. The deal will strengthen security ties between Tbilisi and Washington, and comes after Georgia said it felt abandoned by Europe and NATO following the August war with Russia.

“I am 99 percent certain that a Georgian delegation will fly to Washington in the new year to sign this historic document,” said Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze. “It is not ready for publication yet, but it will be.” The agreement is sure to irritate Moscow which considers the Caucasus part of its sphere of influence, and sees American involvement as meddling in its affairs. However, President Medvedev has said he is looking forward to the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama, to help improve relations, which have sunk to Cold War-type lows during President Bush’s final months in office.