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US signs military pact with Georgia, condemns Russia

The United States has signed a military pact with Georgia which will last for six years, and condemned “Russia's ongoing occupation of Georgia.”

Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin signed the agreement with Georgian Defense Minister Junasher Burchuladze on Monday, a move that is likely to increase tensions between Washington and Moscow.

The deal will replace a similar bilateral military pact which is set to expire at the end of the year.

“This represents an important new phase in security cooperation between our two countries," Austin said while speaking at the Ministry of Defense in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi.

The pact is meant to help Georgia, a former Soviet state, “further develop its defense capacity and advance its Euro-Atlantic aspirations,” a Defense Department statement said which was released after the signing ceremony.

The US defense secretary also said Washington’s support will help Georgia build “effective deterrence and defense,” and includes military exercises with the country’s troops.

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