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TBILISI, Georgia – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday pledged support for efforts by Ukraine and Georgia to break free of Russia's orbit, saying Washington would not recognize Kremlin claims to an exclusive sphere of influence over former Soviet states.
Biden's assurances in visits to both countries bluntly addressed the most volatile issue dividing Russia and the West, and were offered just two weeks after President Barack Obama was in Moscow seeking to heal U.S.-Russia relations.
The US "fully" backs Georgia's hopes of joining Nato, US Vice-President Joe Biden has told the country's parliament on a visit to the capital, Tbilisi.
Mr Biden is addressing fears in Georgia that the US might sideline its ally in favour of improved ties with Russia.
In a speech to Georgian MPs, he insisted that was not the case and declared: "We will stand with you."
However, Mr Biden also said that the former Soviet republic had to do "much more" to deepen its democracy.
The Georgian President, Mikhail Saakashvili, set out a reform plan only days before Mr Biden's arrival, but the US visitor said reforms had to be followed through.
Mr Biden's speech, which lasted a little longer than 30 minutes, received rapturous applause from gathered members of parliament.
The vice-president said the US continued to regard the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as part of Georgia, despite their unilateral declarations of independence, which have been supported by Russia.
Originally posted by Johnmike
Yeah, you're right. The Ukraine was much better off under its hundreds of years of Russian oppression and genocide.