Cheney Backs NATO Membership for Georgia

World | September 5, 2008, Friday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
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During his visit to Tbilisi on Thursday, US vice-president Dick Cheney pledged Washington's support for Georgia and its eventual membership of NATO, denouncing Russia's "illegitimate" invasion.

Cheney spent only four and a half hours in Georgia, but the visit included a strong rebuke to Russia's behavior in the recent conflict in the Caucasus region.

"I assured the president as well of my country's strong commitment to Georgia's territorial integrity," Cheney said after meeting with President Saakashvili.

"Georgia has that right, just as it has the right to build stronger ties to friends in Europe and across the Atlantic," he added.

Cheney arrived a day after the United States pledged USD 1 billion to help Georgia rebuild after its swift defeat by Russia's armed forces last month.

The fighting erupted after Georgia used force against the pro Russian breakaway region of South Ossetia.
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