US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has assured Georgia that the US is firmly committed to supporting the country’s sovereignty. Georgia says Russian moves to forge closer ties with two of its breakaway regions threaten its sovereignty. The row between the two neighbors will be discussed at a closed-door session of the UN Security Council. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision last week to order closer links between Russia and Georgia’s two breakaway regions - Abkhazia and South Ossetia - prompted outrage in Tbilisi. (BBC)

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