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Georgia opens military exercises with U.S., other NATO members

Georgia opens military exercises with U.S., other NATO members

VAZIANI, Georgia — Troops in the former Soviet republic of Georgia are conducting military exercises with NATO countries including the U.S. at an airbase near the capital, Tbilisi.

The two-week-long exercises, which began Wednesday at the Vaziani base, are to focus on peacekeeping and support activities. About 220 U.S. troops are taking part, while platoon-level contingents from Lithuania, Latvia, Romania and Bulgaria are also present.

Georgia has strongly focused on closer integration with the West and has been a member of the Partnership for Peace program with NATO since 1994.

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