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Biden carries US support to Georgia

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Biden carries US support to Georgia


America’s message of unwavering backing for former Soviet states has arrived in Georgia, on the latest leg of Vice President Joe Biden’s diplomatic tour. He is telling Georgian leaders that Washington supports their application to join NATO, but is also urging them to cut out political in-fighting and pull together.

Biden delivered much the same message to Ukrainian leaders yesterday. He criticised what he called political ‘posturing’ and said they should seize the moment. “You have never been at this place before. The chance for your people to establish a truly independent, free and prosperous country with defined borders for the 21st century,” he said. Disagreements between President Viktor Yushchenko and his Prime Minister have irritated Washington and delayed vital loan payments. Biden said they should resolve their differences ahead of next January’s elections.

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