Georgia, which had announced that Russian troops were withdrawing from the town of Gori, said that Russia had "changed its mind." US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice headed for France, en route to Tbilisi.
US military planes began delivering aid to Georgia as President George W. Bush announced that US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice would visit Tbilisi. Meanwhile, Russian troops are expected to withdraw from Gori on Thursday.
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in an interview with Politico and Yahoo News on Thursday that "the United States will be fine" under Barack Obama, and ruled out running for vice-president with either candidate.
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with her Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi at her Washington office. Theydiscussed US Predsident Bush's trip to the Beijing Olympics and "a wide range of issues of bilateral importance".
During a visit to Georgia, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called on Russia to help - and not hinder - chances for a peaceful resolution to the crisis in Georgia's pro-Russian separatist province of Abkhazia.
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is due to sign a missile shield deal with the Czech Republic in Prague. Rice will also stop by Tbilisi to renew US support for Georgia's future membership of NATO. Both moves have spurred Russian hostility.
On a visit to China, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged the country's leaders to tackle sensitive human rights issues, while welcoming Beijing's decision to hold fresh talks with envoys of the Dalai Lama.