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Jens Stoltenberg and members of alliance support Georgia’s integration with NATO
29 May, 2018
Members of the alliance support Georgia’s integration with NATO in the final declaration of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. The document was adopted at the spring session in Warsaw.
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Members of the alliance support Georgia’s integration with NATO

The declaration states that NATO should continue its open door policy and confirm the right of partner countries to make independent and sovereign choice on foreign and security policies that is free from external pressure.
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Georgian PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili with Jens Stoltenberg

"The
membership prospect of aspirant countries should be noted and at the same time, the membership criteria must be retained. The strong political and practical support for Georgia in the process of integration with NATO should continue and the political aspect of Georgia's NATO integration process should be advanced," reads the Declaration.
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NATO Secretary General inaugurates NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Centre. August 2015

Georgia has everything needed for NATO membership, - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly session.

"Georgia already has everything that is needed to become a member of NATO," - NATO Secretary General said.
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Georgia has everything needed for NATO membership, - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said

According to him, he is sure that NATO members will recognize Georgia's actions on the way to NATO membership.

"We have not yet confirmed all the elements of the NATO summit, but I'm sure NATO members will recognize the steps taken by Georgia on the way to NATO membership, its participation in the Afghan mission", Jens Stoltenberg said.
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Georgia and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) relations officially began in 1994 when Georgia joined the NATO-run Partnership for Peace. Georgia has moved quickly following the Rose Revolution in 2003 to seek closer ties and eventual membership with NATO. Georgia's powerful northern neighbor, Russia, has opposed the closer ties, including those expressed at the 2008 Bucharest summit where NATO members promised that Georgia would eventually join the organization. In the 7 December 2011 statement of the North Atlantic Council Georgia was designated as an "aspirant country".
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Georgia and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) relations officially began in 1994

Georgia's effort to join NATO began in 2005. NATO and Georgia both signed an agreement on the appointment of Partnership for Peace (PfP) liaison officer on February 14, 2005. The liaison office between them came into force then and was assigned to Georgia. On March 2, 2005, the agreement was signed on the provision of the host nation supporting and aiding transit of NATO forces and NATO personnel. On March 6–9, 2006, the IPAP implementation interim assessment team arrived in Tbilisi. On April 13, 2006, the discussion of the assessment report on implementation of the Individual Partnership Action Plan was held at NATO Headquarters, within 26+1 format.
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NATO and Georgia both signed an agreement on the appointment of Partnership for Peace (PfP) liaison officer on February 14, 2005

Georgia believes that membership in NATO is a guarantee of stability to the region by acting as a counterweight to Russia, which it considers a dangerous neighbor. This view was once again confirmed by the referendum in 2008 in which the majority of Georgians voted in favour of NATO membership. In 2006, the Georgian parliament voted unanimously for a bill which calls for the integration of Georgia into NATO. On January 5, 2008 Georgia held a non-binding referendum on NATO membership with 77% voting in favor of joining the organization.
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Georgian soldier in Afghanistan

Georgia is the largest non-NATO contributor to the Resolute Support mission with 885 troops.

Georgia joined the war in Afghanistan in 2004. Georgian forces worked with NATO forces in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, as part of the election security force.

The Resolute Support mission was a follow-on task from the ISAF mission, to which Georgia contributed about 750 troops. Georgian forces have been participating in Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan since 2015.
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Georgian soldier scans for enemy activity while on patrol in the Helmand province, Afghanistan. April 2012


According to Jens Stoltenberg, Georgia greatly supports NATO by participating in its missions and operations.

"NATO appreciates Georgia's contribution to NATO missions and operations. So, not only NATO supports Georgia, but Georgia also greatly supports NATO," Stoltenberg said.

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