Georgia, Tbilisi, June 24 / Trend N. Kirtskhalia /
U.S President Barack Obama during his personal meeting with Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev must pay special attention to Georgia's de-occupation and return of refugees. Heritage Foundation experts voiced their opinions before the presidential meeting.
They also touched upon the Russian-Georgian war and estimated the events of August 2008 as a forcible change of European borders.
High-ranking officials of White House assume that Obama and Medvedev will speak about Georgia. The fund expert Ariel Cohen called on representatives of the Obama administration to use more diplomacy to solve the issue of Georgia.
A statement in connection with Georgia was made by U.S. President's Special Assistant. Michael McFaul said that the U.S is still considering the issue on separatist republics of Georgia with Russia and tries to convince Moscow to withdraw its troops from the region.
A statement was made by Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security. Ben Rhodes reiterated that with regard to Georgia, Russia and the U.S. have different positions. He stressed that the U.S. supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia.
Rhodes said that despite disagreement on the Georgian theme, Russia and U.S. must cooperate in the areas where their positions coincide and the two countries have common interests.
Dmitry Medvedev is already in the United States. He has already met with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
During a two-day visit, Medvedev will speak at Stanford University and hold a series of official meetings. Medvedev will meet with U.S. president. According to preliminary information, they will discuss the issue of Kyrgyzstan, as well as the situation with regard to Iran and Afghanistan and an agreement on strategic arms.