Derek Chollet, the Counselor of the United States Department of State, Wednesday said the US was doing “everything we can” to support Georgia, pointing out Washington was also working closely with the Georgian Government to find ways to support Ukraine in overcoming “enormous challenges.”
President Biden knows Georgia well. President Biden visited Georgia for the first time as a senator. The Vice President of the United States and also the Secretary of State Blinken are also well acquainted with Georgia. We do everything we can to support our Georgian friends. In my opinion, what Georgia needs mostly now is a sense of unity,” Chollet told an interview with Imedi TV.
We work closely with Tbilisi as we work together to find ways to support Ukraine in overcoming enormous challenges,” he also said in reference to Ukraine’s defence from the ongoing Russian invasion.
The US Department of State official noted Russia’s illegal occupation of Georgia’s Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) regions, adding the US and other partners were opposed to the undermining of Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity by Moscow.
We understand very well how difficult the memories of this war are for our Georgian friends. That is why the United States must stand with Georgia and is ready to do so,” Chollet said.
He also highlighted Georgia had been a “close partner” of the United States and NATO for the past 15 years, noting US’ “strong” support for Georgia's Euro-Atlantic aspirations.