Donald Rumsfeld, US defence secretary, said on Friday during a visit to Georgia that the US was interested in expanding military co-operation and helping the new leadership start reforms aimed at joining the Nato military alliance. Mr Rumsfeld also called on Russia to withdraw military forces from the former Soviet republic, but he reminded Georgia’s new leaders that a credible election was critical to maintaining stability and that a range of reforms were needed. “Nato of course is an alliance of democracies. We look at political, economic and military reforms,” Mr Rumsfeld said. The visit by the defence secretary, just 12 days after Georgia’s “rose revolution”, underlined American concerns about security in the small but strategically important country. Full Story
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