: AP: Kerry visits Georgia, Ukraine to show solidarity

14:10 Jul. 6, 2016

AP: Kerry visits Georgia, Ukraine to show solidarity

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks as he participates in a joint press availability with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird and Mexican Foreign Secretary Jose Antonio Meade January 17, 2014. (Getty Images)

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US Secretary of State John Kerry is visiting Georgia and Ukraine to reassure the former Soviet republics of America's commitment to their security amid unease over Russia's intentions.

Kerry arrived in Tbilisi on Wednesday for talks with top Georgian officials and will sign a new joint security arrangement that will boost U.S. training and equipment supplies to Georgian security forces defending their borders.

Kerry then heads to Kyiv for similar talks with Ukrainian officials before joining President Barack Obama in Poland for a summit of NATO leaders.

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Georgia and Ukraine are both deeply worried about Russian activities on their territory and have sought closer ties with the west, including association with the European Union and the prospect of NATO membership.

Georgia and Russia fought a brief war in 2008 over the Georgian territory of South Ossetia, which remains under Moscow's control, along with the enclave of Abkhazia. Ukraine, meanwhile, is currently battling Russian-backed separatists in its east following Moscow's 2014 annexation of Crimea.

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