Jens Stoltenberg speaks about perspectives of Georgia’s NATO membership, furthering relations
01 April, 2019
Jens Stoltenberg speaks about perspectives of Georgia’s NATO membership, furthering relations
The Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg has recently visited Georgia for meetings with Georgian officials including newly-elected President Salome Zourabichvili. He also attended Nato-Georgia military exercises.

“Georgia and NATO will jointly decide when Georgia should become a member of NATO and no other party has the right to interfere” - NATO Secretary General said at a press conference held during his visit to Georgia.

Vazha Tavberidze, IWPR contributor in Georgia conducted an interview with Jens Stoltenberg. In the interview the
Secretary General clearly pointed out that Russia doesn't have any say on Georgia’s NATO membership:

“Helsinki Final Act, the document which defined the rights of all nations to choose their own path including to decide whether they would like to be part of a security alliance or not. Russia dislikes that - well that's their position. We adhere to the principle of every sovereign nation’s right to decide on its path, including Georgia.”

When asked about the comments from the Kremlin and Moscow that even cooperation might spell unpleasant surprises for Georgia, Jens Stoltenberg stated that it reflects Russia’s attitude which he deeply disagrees with. According to him, the attitude that Russia has the right to decide what Georgia or another neighbor can do has always been the wrong approach:

“Norway joined NATO in 1949; at that time the Soviet Union didn’t like that Norway joined the NATO but we still did join NATO; Russia has protested heavily every time NATO has been enlarged with the Baltic countries, Poland, with Romania and now we saw it recently when Montenegro joined. Russia protested about North Macedonia joining, but North Macedonia is still joining.”
Jens Stoltenberg
The interviewer also asked Jens Stoltenberg how much Georgia can rely on NATO if “unpleasant surprises” from Russia materialize. He said that NATO supports Georgia’s sovereignty and integrity. Jens Stoltenberg recited a list of NATO’s practical support for Georgia such as the training center, NATO-Georgia Commission, the annual national programme, NATO trainers and advisors in Georgia. The Secretary General claims that there is more NATO in Georgia than ever before because the country is part of the Alliance’s missions operations in many places. Meanwhile, he pointed out that they are extremely grateful with Georgia’s contribution to NATO’s security:

“First and the most important message is that NATO recognizes the territorial integrity of Georgia within its recognized international borders; second we call on Russia to withdraw its forces from Abkhazia and South Ossetia and to stop recognizing that; thirdly NATO made the decision that Georgia will become the member; we reiterated that many times; so I am actually certain we will find ways to deal with it.”

In the interview, Jens Stoltenberg emphasized that Georgia should focus on the reform, to improve democratic institutions, mobilize defense and security institutions. He can’t say exactly when Georgia’s membership takes place but when it does, Georgia should be ready. The interviewer commented on the reforms by saying that if reforms are the deciding factor, how countries like Montenegro and Macedonia joined the alliance and Georgia didn’t. The Secretary General stated that it is a political decision and every aspirant country has to be assessed on its own merits.

Lastly, when asked about Mikheil Saakashvili’s, former president of Georgia, comment on Finland and Sweden being the next targets of Russia’s threat, Jens Stoltenberg said that too many speculations just add to the uncertainty and may increase tensions:

“….so we should not, we should not increase tensions, we should try to reduce tensions and to continue to work for a better relationship with Russia - and that's the reason why NATO has a three-pronged approach: deterrence, defense, and dialogue - and second we don't see any imminent threat against any NATO ally; we see threats for terrorist attacks, with cyber attacks but we don't see any threat…”

Related stories:

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg arrives in Tbilisi

Jens Stoltenberg and members of alliance support Georgia’s integration with NATO

Jens Stoltenberg: “Georgia has all instruments to prepare for NATO membership”

“NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019” begins

Print
Other Stories
Georgian Orthodox Cathedral to be built in Cyprus
President of Cyprus has visited Georgian president Salome Zurabishvili at the presidential palace. Number of agreements has been achieved between the two sides.
“Chakrulo” performed at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe opened with the Georgian polyphonic folk song Chakrulo,
Zurab Zhvania's star opened in front of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg
Zurab Zhvania's star has been opened in front of the Council of Europe Palace in Strasbourg.
Bidzina Ivanishvili addresses the people, experts, politicians answer
Bidzina Ivanishvili, the Chairman of the Georgian Dream party, gave an interview to Imedi TV, where he spoke about problems facing the country and his party.
Zurab Zhvania's star to be opened in front of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg
Zurab Zhvania's star will be opened in front of the Council of Europe Palace in Strasbourg.
Bidzina Ivanishvili releases open letter
Bidzina Ivanishvili, chairman of the Georgian Dream party, has released an open letter.
Brexit opens EU's door to Georgia, Salome Zourabichvili says
“There is a logic that the country that has been steadily moving toward
Direct flights may be launched between US and Georgia
We are working to ensure that flights between America and Georgia are timely launched,
Bidzina Ivanishvili will finance Zviad Gamsakhurdia’s Museum in Khibula
The Government of Georgia set up a special commission
Georgia to allow sex education lessons at schools
Sex education lessons will be allowed only with the consent of parents
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg arrives in Tbilisi
The NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, has arrived in Tbilisi.
Mikheil Saakashvili is a man without principles, says Ukrainian MIA Arsen Avakov
"Mikheil Saakashvili is a man without principles” – said Avakov in the interview.
President should not visit TV studios - Georgian president Salome Zurabishvili is in hot water again
President of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili often finds herself in hot water.
“NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019” begins
“NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019” was officially opened at the Georgian Ministry of Defence "Army Hall" in Tbilisi.
Military Importance of Anaklia Port
Deep-sea ports allow large vessels and naval ships to anchor on shore…
There is peace in Khurvaleti and no armed persons have arrived from the occupied territory, say villagers
According to an InterPressNews correspondent, who managed to arrive in the village of Khurvaleti about an hour ago, locals have gathered in the center of the village.
Georgian State Security Service denies presence of Russian soldiers on Georgian controlled territory
State Security Service of Georgia denies reports about the presence of representatives of the occupation regime
US’ 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices about Georgia
While the constitution and law prohibit torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment there were reports government officials employed them
Salome Zourabichvili meets with her Armenian counterpart
As part of her official visit to Armenia, President Salome Zourabichvili held a meeting with President Armen Sarkissian.
Georgia will use all mechanisms to establish objective circumstances of death of 29 year old Georgian in Abkhazia
29 year old Irakli Kvaratskhelia committed suicide on March 12th after he had been detained by de-facto Abkhazian authorities.
Embassies of Georgia will open in the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam
Embassies of Georgia will open in the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam,
Mamuka Khazaradze's exclusive interview: "I can't rule out the possibility of my detention"
Mamuka Khazaradze, one of the founders of TBC Bank has recently given an exclusive interview to the Kviris Palitra newspaper.
Giovanni Morra Passport Covers for Ukraine: “7% of my country is occupied by Russia”
Giovanni Morra, men’s handmade accessories and gifts brand has recently unveiled a new passport cover
Irakli Gharibashvili makes political comeback as the Political Secretary of the Ruling party
Irakli Gharibashvili, former Prime Minister of Georgia, is returning to politics.
Comments following Mamuka Khazaradze’s statement
“I received a threatening letter from a high-ranking person before the second round of the presidential elections,
PHOTO OF THE DAY
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
20.04.2019
21.04.2019
USD
1
USD
2.6935
2.6935
EUR
1
EUR
3.0291
3.0291
GBP
1
GBP
3.5021
3.5021
RUB
100
RUB
4.2126
4.2126
Other Stories
On 26 May, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, joined celebrations in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi
Violation of Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity by Assad regime has been strictly criticized
Exactly one year ago, Georgia was granted visa-free travel with the European Union.
Georgia’s ex-president president Mikheil Saakashvili's supporters managed to free detained Mikheil Saakashvili in the center of Kiev.
The US Ambassador to Georgia Ian Kelly congratulates Georgia on Independence Day.
The regulations on the introduction of visa-free travel for citizens of Georgia have been officially signed in Brussels.
The entire Georgia is involved in Secret Santa game, which means that people are sending gifts to each other secretly
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia is taking part in NATO Ministerial underway in Brussels, Belgium.
A special squad has been mobilized at the 48th polling station in Marneuli, Kvemo Kartli region.
Two politicians in Georgia have come to blows during a live TV debate ahead of the country’s parliamentary elections, Euronews reports.
GEL Exchange
USD
1
USD
2.6935
EUR
1
EUR
3.0291
GBP
1
GBP
3.5021
RUB
100
RUB
4.2126
April 2019
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30