Stoltenberg Expresses NATO Support For Georgia, Urges Russian Troop Pullout

NATO asks Russia to pull out from Abkhazia and South Ossetia, promises membership to Georgia

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was present at the NATO-Georgia Commission as well, said in his press briefing after the meeting that "Georgia is largest per capita contributor to the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan; we strongly support Georgia's aspirations to become NATO member".

In a press conference, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg asked Russian Federation to withdraw from two Georgian autonomous provinces it occupied militarily and opened again the door to Georgia membership.

"Russia has long resisted a peacekeeping force, but they have agreed now", Tillerson told reporters after talks with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies in Brussels.

"We remain concerned by the deepening of Russia's relations with the Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions of Georgia".

We will remind, recently the representatives of Ukraine and the Alliance discussed the program of NATO - Ukraine to study the experience of hybrid warfare in Ukraine.

"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.

In late July, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited Georgia in a trip timed to correspond with the Noble Partner 2017 military exercises that featured some 1,600 U.S., 800 Georgian, and other allied troops in a show of defiance to Moscow.

New agreements were reached with the European Union regarding increased military mobility, strengthened information exchange in counter-terrorism operations and coordinated support for partner countries, and more promotion of women's role in peace and security.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg underlined NATO's commitment to Georgia's security and territorial integrity.

"We are in confrontation with Russian Federation because of its aggressive actions in Ukraine", the NATO Secretary General noted.

Tillerson stated he had a productive discussion with Georgian Foreign Minister Janelidze in the frame of the ministerial.



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