Biden's Critical Trip to Ukraine and Georgia
Leaders in Ukraine and Georgia would prefer to be hosting President Barack Obama next week, but they will receive Vice President Joe Biden instead. While Biden will not draw the same attention as his boss, his visit is extremely important as a sign of U.S. support for these fledgling democracies. It comes two weeks after Obama was in Moscow and follows a provocative visit by Russian President Dmitri Medvedev to the Georgian separatist region of South Ossetia on Monday. Biden's trip to Kyiv and Tbilisi is an opportunity to demonstrate that Washington will not pursue its reset in relations with Russia at the expense of Russia's neighbors nor will it pursue relations with these neighbors through a Russian prism.