Vice president Dick Cheney’s trip starting Sept. 2 was first announced by the White House Aug. 25 as the Georgian conflict spiraled into a contest over control of the Black Sea. Cheney, the highest-ranking official to visit Tbilisi since the crisis erupted in South Ossetia on Aug. 7, will also visit the Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Italy. His talks will center on energy and how to offset Russian oil and Black Sea dominance.
The European Union, which held an emergency summit in Brussels Monday, failed to agree on sanctions, only a freeze on closer ties with Moscow.
German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke for the majority of the 27 leaders when he warned that Europe would only hurt itself if it were to “get emotional and slam doors.”