U.S. State Department spokesman: NATO’s Lisbon summit to discuss Abkhazia and South Ossetia
Georgia, Tbilisi, Nov. 19 / Trend N. Kirtskhalia /
The issue on Abkhazia and South Ossetia will be the topic of negotiations with Russia, Georgia and European partners within the NATO's Lisbon summit, the U.S. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said answering the question of Georgia's television company "Rustavi 2".
"We're trying to normalize relations with Russia, which can cause the resolution of those issues on which we disagree. Georgia is one of such topics," Crowley said.
According to him, the U.S. respects Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity and doesn't recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
"I think this issue will be discussed at the Lisbon summit, because this is the first meeting of the NATO-Russia Council after the 2008 conflict," the U.S. diplomat said.
Meanwhile, the White House has officially confirmed the information about Barack Obama's meeting with the Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, which is scheduled for today.