US reviewing military aid to Georgia

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States is looking at ways to help Georgia rebuild its military after Georgia's forces were pulverized by Russia last month.

U.S. officials have been reluctant to discuss renewed military aid to aid to Georgia, hoping to avoid further aggravating tensions with Russia. Russian forces still occupy parts of Georgia and Russia has lashed out at the U.S. for earlier training and supplying of Georgia's armed forces.

Undersecretary of Defense Eric Edelman told the Senate Armed Services Committee today that the Pentagon is sending an evaluation team to the Georgian capital this week.

Yesterday, President Bush canceled a civilian nuclear cooperation deal with Russia. The deal was approved in May and the move to cancel it was symbolic.

Russia calls the decision "erroneous and politicized" and says it will deal a blow to the U.S.-Russian cooperation.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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