Long time Republican Senator of Arizona John McCain was awarded Georgia’s Order of the National Hero for his support of the Tblisi during the 2008 military conflict with the Russian Federation over South Ossetia, according to The Canadian Press
. Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili presented Senator McCain with the award in a ceremony at the southwestern resort of Batumi.
McCain consistently gave Georgia his support in speeches, television interviews and conversations with eastern European officials. After the conflict concluded, McCain telephoned Saakashvili said, "We are all friends." In the past, McCain has also received the US Georgian Association award.
notes that Senators John Barrasso and John Thune also accompanied McCain to Georgia.
“The fact that a part of Georgia is free today is the achievement of our friends. It was the idea of freedom that stopped [Russian] tanks in Georgia. The award is an expression of partnership and solidarity between our two nations, confronted by common challenges, bound by common interests, and united by common democratic values. Of all the honours I've received in my life the National Hero Award is among the most meaningful and it is one that I would cherish forever, ” said McCain, reports AFP