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US 'fully' supports Georgia's bid to join NATO: Biden

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden told Georgian lawmakers on Thursday there was no military option to re-integrate the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

world Updated: Jul 23, 2009 19:24 IST

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden told Georgian lawmakers on Thursday there was no military option to re-integrate the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

He said Washington would not recognise them as independent and urged the rest of the world not do so either.

Biden said Washington supported Georgia's aspiration to join NATO, adding that any improvement in relations with Moscow would not come at Georgia's expense.

"We will stand with you," Biden said to applause from lawmakers.