Cheney to visit Georgia amid Russian chill

Uh ooh, WW III in the making!

CRAWFORD, Texas (AFP) — US Vice President Dick Cheney will visit Georgia next week in a show of support for the war-battered US ally amid a deepening freeze in Russian ties with the West, the White House said Monday.

Cheney will become the most senior US official to visit the former Soviet republic since Russian tanks rolled into its smaller neighbor when Tbilisi tried to retake the Moscow-backed rebel region of South Ossetia by force.

The vice president, who warned early in the crisis that “Russian aggression must not go unanswered,” will also visit Azebaijan, Ukraine and attend an economic forum in Italy, the White House said.

Cheney “will be delivering the word of America’s support and also consulting on how these leaders in the region see the future playing out,” spokesman Tony Fratto said as US President George W. Bush spent time on his Texas ranch.

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