Biden seeks to reassure Georgia over Russia(Read article summary)
On visit, the vice president pledged support for Georgia but also insisted that more war over separatist enclaves is not an option.
TBILISI, GEORGIA – In Georgia on Thursday, US Vice President Joseph Biden was in Georgia reassured lawmakers that America supports the restoration of separatist territories Abkhazia and South Ossetia to the country – though only by peaceful means.
His visit comes nearly one year after the Georgian-Russian war over South Ossetia, which resulted in the displacement of some 30,000 people and Russia’s recognition of the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia - Georgia’s separatist enclaves.
Many in Georgia have feared that warming relations between the US and Russia, with President Barack Obama visiting Moscow earlier this month, could embolden Russia in its efforts to whittle away at the size of its small neighbor and former possession.