Stoltenberg Expresses NATO Support For Georgia, Urges Russian Troop Pullout

Cheryl Sanders
December 7, 2017

Earlier in the day, Ministers reaffirmed their practical and political support for Georgia as well as their commitment to Georgia's eventual membership of the Alliance.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the quick movement of troops and military equipment was key to security.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has expressed the alliance's "strong commitment" to Georgia's security and called on Russian Federation to withdraw its forces from separatist regions in the Caucasus country.

"In eastern Ukraine we join our European partners in maintaining sanctions until Russian Federation withdraws its forces from the Donbass (region) and meets its Minks commitments", Tillerson said, referring to a previous deal to promote peace in Ukraine.

"Our armed forces are increasingly capable of operating together, and planning is already under way for the 2019 NATO-Georgia joint military exercise", the secretary-general said.

"We are very very for strengthening the cooperation with the Georgian coastguard. because the Black Sea is of great importance for Georgia but also of course for Nato", Stoltenberg said.

Meanwhile, Tillerson hailed what he called "a productive discussion" with Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, joined by European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, announced new agreements to continue collaboration between the two blocs in matters of defense.

Stoltenberg said the alliance partnership with Georgia is outstanding. "Many [of my] counterparts have noted that Georgia's reforms and steps contribute to the country's success, brings it closer to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, its final objective and introduces North Atlantic Treaty Organisation standard in our country", Mikheil Janelidze added.

After a meeting of the Nato-Georgia commission in Brussels, Stoltenberg praised Tbilisi's contribution to the alliance mission in Afghanistan and said they were looking at ways to increase ties.

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