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Biden seeks to reassure Georgia over Russia

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(Read caption) US Vice President Joe Biden makes a speech at the parliament in Tbilisi, Thursday. Biden said Washington supported Georgia's aspiration to join NATO, adding that any improvement in relations with Moscow would not come at Georgia's expense.

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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.

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