John Kerry flies into ex-Soviet Georgia to reassure on security

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry walks out of a plane upon his arrival at Tbilisi International Airport, GeorgiaBy Lesley Wroughton TBILISI (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Georgia on Wednesday where he will sign agreements to deepen defense and security cooperation with the former Soviet state days before an important NATO summit. It is Kerry’s first visit as Secretary of State to Georgia and comes ahead of a NATO summit in Warsaw on Friday where members of the Western military alliance plan to announce action to deter what they say is an increased Russian military threat. Georgia and former Soviet states like Moldova and Ukraine have become increasingly concerned by Russia’s intentions after the Kremlin annexed Ukraine’s Crimea in 2014 and launched air strikes in Syria last year.

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