Apparently Putin Hasn’t Forgotten About Georgia, Either
Bill Quick

U.S. vows aid to Georgia to boost visa-free travel to EU | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States pledged assistance to Georgia on Wednesday to help the former Soviet republic with visa-free travel to the European Union, a move that will spur its efforts to boost ties with the West.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry didn’t elaborate on the plan, which comes as Washington increases its support for Georgia and Moldova, which are seeking more integration with Western Europe and rejecting pressure from former master Russia.

“Today I am announcing additional assistance by the United States to help support Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic vision, specifically to help Georgia achieve visa-free travel with the EU and to mitigate the hardships by borderization along the occupied territories,” Kerry said at the start of meetings with Georgian Prime Minister Irakly Garibashvili.

Kerry was referring to occupied territories like Georgia’s breakaway region of South Ossetia, the center of a brief 2008 war between Russia and Georgia.

Garibashvili told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday that Russian forces had resumed building a barbed wire fence on the border of South Ossetia following the recent conclusion of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Kerry lauded Georgia’s economic reforms and urged the government to quickly implement plans to boost trade with the United States and with Europe.

“Strict adherence to rule of law and steadfast commitment to the process will encourage the confidence of investors and will serve as a catalyst for integration with Europe,” Kerry said.

Referring to tensions with Russia, Kerry urged Georgia to “look forward and leave the past in the past.”

Interesting development, no?  I’m sure it’s nothing to worry about, though.  Russia fears the mighty phone and pen of John Kerry and Barack Obama.

Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

Comments are closed.