Mary Beth Sheridan
The Washington Post
July 5, 2010

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TBLISI, GEORGIA — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday reassured Georgia that the Obama administration would continue to press for Russian troops to withdraw from its territory, even as Washington seeks a warmer relationship with Moscow.

“I think the United States can walk and chew gum at the same time,” Clinton told a meeting of women leaders.

Of all the countries in the former Soviet sphere, Georgia is perhaps the most nervous that it will be sacrificed in the U.S. effort to “reset” relations with Russia. Georgia’s pro-Western government was a favorite of the Bush administration, and U.S.-Russian relations chilled after Moscow sent troops into Georgia in a 2008 dispute over two breakaway regions.

Clinton said the reset of relations with Russia had produced important results, including a new nuclear-arms treaty and assistance on Iranian sanctions.

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