Sec. of State Hillary Clinton made her way through Eastern Europe over the 4th of July weekend, making stops in Poland, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and the Ukraine. Her message to counties once under communist rule: the RESET does not mean that the U.S. will lighten its expectations of Russia and its influence in the region. She pushed for “political pluralism and democratic transfer of power.”
According to a NYT report, Clinton said “Washington would continue to finance nongovernmental organizations in the region — an endeavor that has long irritated Moscow — and pledged $2 million to a fund to assist such organizations that were under pressure to shut down.”
Her trip reassured the U.S.’s support for Georgia and a warning for Russia, who invaded Georgian territory in the 2008 war. She said the U.S. will support Georgia as a sovereign state and does not recognize Russia’s sphere of influence in the area.
According to a report by RFE/RL, Clinton said Russia “should permit humanitarian access to the portions of Georgia its troops still occupy, the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and refrain from building more permanent military bases there.”
Clinton said in a press conference that Georgia could serve as a beacon for democracy in the region.
But I thought that was the idea behind the Ukrainian elections?