The New York Times reports on Georgian Prime MInister Irakli Garibashvili’s visit to Washington, including his speech at the Atlantic Council:

During his trip to Washington, Mr. Garibashvili has sought to strengthen ties by meeting with President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and by giving a well attended speech to the Atlantic Council, a nonpartisan Washington research organization.

Balancing his interest in joining NATO with his efforts to improve ties to Moscow remains challenging, at best. Georgia has argued that tying its economic policy to the West would not be damaging to Russia, but there is nothing to indicate that Russia President Vladimir V. Putin is prepared to accept that argument.

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