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US extends invitation to 110 countries for democracy summit, leaves out Russia, China

Washington, Nov 24 (UNI/Sputnik) The US Department of State has published a list on its website indicating 110 countries invited to participate in the Summit for Democracy, with the notable exceptions of Russia and China.
Among the invited countries, the State Department listed Taiwan. US President Joe Biden noted on several occasions that the US was ready to help Taiwan defend itself in case of a potential Chinese invasion.
Former Soviet states invited to take part in the summit include Armenia, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova and Ukraine. Missing from the invite list are Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
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