Britain says Georgia 'key' security ally, bashes Russia

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond (L) and Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili shake hands during a joint press conference following their meeting in Tbilisi on March 30, 2016Britain’s top diplomat on Wednesday praised Georgia, which is seeking to join NATO and the EU, as a “key security partner” and blasted Russia for bullying its eastern European neighbours. “The UK sees Georgia as key international security partner and regional democratic role model,” British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond wrote on Twitter after meeting the pro-Western leadership of the tiny Caucasus nation. Speaking at a meeting with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili in Tbilisi, Hammond praised the country’s democratic and anti-corruption reforms.

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