US Ambassador respects Georgia’s right to make its own decisions about security issues
22 November, 2017
US Ambassador respects Georgia’s right to make its own decisions about security issues
Georgia is a sovereign country and we respect its right to make its own decisions about its own defense, US Ambassador Ian Kelly said in response to a question about the proposed sale of the Javelin weapons system to Georgia.

“[Congress was notified of a proposed] sale of Javelin anti-tank weapons and this is part of our overall efforts, our cooperative efforts, to make Georgia into a more resilient state. These are weapons that are intended entirely for defensive purposes
and Georgia is a sovereign country and we respect its right to make its own decisions about its own defense, and this is why we have decided to allow the purchase. I emphasize that the Georgian government is purchasing these weapons, we are not providing them and, again, this is their sovereign right and we’re happy to support this sovereign right to self-defense”, said the Ambassador.

When asked if Congress could block the decision, Ambassador Kelly replied: “We notified Congress of our intent to allow Georgia to purchase these weapons and, clearly, this is a decision that was taken in consultation with Congress and, again, this is a purchase; we are not providing these weapons through a Congressional appropriation. We respect the rule of Congress and so we did notify of our intent to allow Georgian purchase.”

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