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U.S. Seeks to Smooth Georgia-Russia Relations

The Bush administration is trying to ease the mounting tensions between Russia and the former Soviet republic of Georgia, exhorting Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili to show restraint during meetings in Washington. Georgia is trying to re-assert control over two breakaway regions, where Russia has aided separatists. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports.

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Michele Kelemen has been with NPR for two decades, starting as NPR's Moscow bureau chief and now covering the State Department and Washington's diplomatic corps. Her reports can be heard on all NPR News programs, including Morning Edition and All Things Considered.