NEWSWATCH Wall Street Journal: Georgia Dials Down Conflict With Russia. Shift comes as fighting in Ukraine draws the West and Moscow into a contest for spheres of influence.

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The Wall Street Journal covers Georgia’s shifting policies towards Russia

Georgia has toned down its confrontational stance toward Moscow, even as Russia has supported separatists in Georgia and Ukraine.

The two countries severed diplomatic relations after the 2008 war and still don’t have embassies. Joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is still Georgia’s declared ambition, [Zurab] Abashidze[, Georgia’s special representative for Russia] said. ‘But we have to get to that day without destroying the country.’

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