Update: Cheney seeks safe energy routes, Ukraine and Georgia Nato members
Cheney: Georgia and Ukraine Nato members
TIBLISI, Georgia (CNN) -- U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney said Thursday the United States firmly backs NATO membership for Georgia, telling Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili that America will help his country rebuild its democracy and economy after last month's conflict with Russia.
Cheney seeks safe energy routes
After talks with chiefs of oil companies in the region, he pressed for more routes for energy exports. Though he referenced oil and gas pipelines in the works that would avoid going through Russia, he offered no details on whether any new deals were struck.
"Together with the nations of Europe, including Turkey, we must work with Azerbaijan and other countries in the Caucasus and Central Asia on additional routes for energy exports that ensure the free flow of resources," Cheney said.
Cheney's tour of Georgian relief operations is certain to anger Russia. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin warned this week that Russia would react to a build-up of NATO naval forces in the Black Sea.
The Ukraine visit of Cheney was to prepare Nato membership of Ukraine, as he said. The 2007 discussed Anti misile shield will be implemented, threatening Moscow from the south.
CHENEY's MIL Aid package $1 bn for Georgia, like for Israel, to ensure energy and stability. IFM Strauss-Kahn tops with $ 750 million aid for Georgia.
Baku , Georgia, Ukraine on the visit plan. Cheney finishes his trip in the old US Italy base to meet Silvio Berlusconi "the Cavaliere" for transatlantic challenges. No visit in Israel as neighbour 100% concerned by the Georgia / Iran development and heavily depending on US military Aid, as well as Georgia; Cheney prefers to meet BP and Chevron.
One official said the recent conflict with Russia means the United States and Europe are even more interested in diversifying energy infrastructure, pipelines and supplies to lessen Europe's reliance on Russia as an energy provider. Just popular nonsense.
Europe is already 40% dependant on Russia's gas/oil delivery. Only negotiations can lead to shortterm relieve. America is facing a multipolar power situation, and "has not the stomach to resist russian surprisals", as General Orlow said, in his famous speech. The visit in Ukraine, the next candidate with the 2007 previewed anti-missile base against Russia. The old boys network makes a great effort for oil, to provoke the Russians, before leaving the scene. Who ever has to clean up the situation, will be confronted with 20th century geostrategics in the middle of 21st multipolar power dynamics.
Cheney's trip began as U.S. government sources confirmed the Bush administration plans for a $1 billion aid package for Georgia.
Azerbaijan, which borders Georgia and Iran and sits along the Caspian Sea, is an oil and gas-rich nation and a key U.S. ally in the region.
Cheney held meetings Wednesday afternoon with Azerbaijan representatives of BP and Chevron before meeting President Ilham Aliyev.