U.S. will not recognize results of any Russian effort to divide Georgian territory -State Dept

People attend a protest on the 10th anniversary of Georgian Russian war in front of the building of Russian Federation Interests Section of the Embassy of Switzerland in Tbilisi, Georgia, August 7, 2018. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

WASHINGTON, March 31 (Reuters) - The United States will not recognize the results of any effort by Russia or its proxies to divide sovereign Georgian territory, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said on Thursday, after Georgia rejected plans by the Russian-backed breakaway region of South Ossetia to hold a referendum on joining Russia. read more

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