NATO has demanded Russia remove its troops from two breakaway republics bordering Georgia, which has expressed a desire to join the Western military alliance.
Speaking on the last day of NATO’s foreign ministers conference in Brussels, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that the alliance was committed to the security of Georgia, a former Soviet republic that has battled the Russia-backed separatist movements of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The two northern entities have been recognized by a handful of states, but the U.S. and its Western European allies have accused Russia of undermining Georgia’s sovereignty with its support of these regions, a charge they have also lobbed against Moscow for its involvement in Ukraine.

“I think there is broad consensus among all the NATO members that there is no normalization of dialogue with Russia today,” Tillerson said, according to Reuters.

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