U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden says the United States will not recognize the breakaway Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
Speaking on U.S.-Russian relations on February 2, he also said it remains the U.S. view that sovereign states have the right to choose their own alliances.
He said Washington and Moscow have differences over Syria, NATO enlargement, missile defense, and democracy and human rights.
But he said the two countries also have many common interests, including reducing the size of their nuclear arsenals and boosting trade and investment for their mutual prosperity.
He was speaking on the second day of the Munich Security Conference, an international gathering of some 400 top diplomats and defense officials from the EU, United States, Russia, and many other countries in the southern German city.