Cheney: US fully committed to Georgia NATO bid

Cheney said that Russia had cast doubt on its reliability as an international partner with an "illegitimate" attempt to change Georgia's borders.

Cheney: US fully committed to Georgia NATO bid
The United States is fully committed to Georgia's bid for membership of the NATO alliance, U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney said on a visit to the Georgian capital on Thursday.

"America is fully committed to Georgia's Membership Action Plan for NATO and to its eventual membership in the alliance," Cheney said.

"The United States is very pleased with the recent establishment of the NATO-Georgia commission. As the current members of NATO declared at the summit in Bucharest, Georgia will be in our Alliance. NATO is a defensive alliance."

Also Cheney said that Russia had cast doubt on its reliability as an international partner with an "illegitimate" attempt to change Georgia's borders.

"After your nation won its freedom in the Rose Revolution, America came to the aid of this courageous young democracy," Cheney told reporters at a joint news briefing in Tbilisi with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.

"We are doing so again as you work to overcome an invasion of your sovereign territory and an illegitimate unilateral attempt to change your country's borders by force that has been universally condemned by the free world," Cheney said.

"Russia's actions have cast grave doubt on Russia's intentions and on its reliability as an international partner -- not just in Georgia but across this region and, indeed, throughout the international system," he added.

Reuters
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