Georgia - Chechnya NPR's Michele Kelemen reports that people in the former Soviet republic of Georgia are worried the war in Chechnya may spill across the border into their country. The Georgians maintain tight control along their border, to stop Chechen rebels from crossing over and seeking safe haven. But early in the war the Georgians refused to allow Russia to use Georgian territory for anti-rebel operations. Eduard Shevardnadze, re-elected yesterday as president of Georgia, has pledged to expand business, political and military ties with the West. But he must also maintain friendly relations with his much bigger neighbor, Russia.

Georgia - Chechnya

Georgia - Chechnya

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NPR's Michele Kelemen reports that people in the former Soviet republic of Georgia are worried the war in Chechnya may spill across the border into their country. The Georgians maintain tight control along their border, to stop Chechen rebels from crossing over and seeking safe haven. But early in the war the Georgians refused to allow Russia to use Georgian territory for anti-rebel operations. Eduard Shevardnadze, re-elected yesterday as president of Georgia, has pledged to expand business, political and military ties with the West. But he must also maintain friendly relations with his much bigger neighbor, Russia.