About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 10:36 - 24 May.'15
 
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Defense Spending, Number of Troops Increased
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 15 Jul.'08 / 18:16

Parliament approved on July 15 a proposal to increase the personnel cap on the Georgian armed forces from the current 32,000 to 37,000 and also supported to increase defense spending by additional GEL 295 million.

According to the Ministry of Defense, there are currently 28,991 servicemen in the armed forces, including 366 civilians.

Givi Targamadze, a lawmaker from the ruling party, who chairs the parliamentary committee for defense and security, said on July 15, the move was motivated by three reasons.

“The first and major reason – and no one should have any illusion about it - is extremely increased threats,” MP Targamadze said. “Threat assessment has showed that threats have increased and reached its critical level after Russia’s aggressive actions. This decision to increase number of troops is an adequate reaction to the existing threats.”

“Today Georgia faces the highest level of threat since independence,” he added.

The second reason, MP Givi Targamadze said, was Georgia’s commitments to continue contributing to Iraqi mission.

MP Nika Rurua, the deputy chairman of the parliamentary committee for defense and security, said earlier that Georgia’s participation in the international operations “should not take place at the expense of [defending against] internal Georgian threats.”
 
Georgia has 2,000 soldiers deployed in Iraq.

MP Givi Targamadze said that the third reason was Georgia’s aspiration to bring its military infrastructure and troops closer to NATO standards.

He also said that Georgia has “the smallest, but the best trained armed forces in the region.”

Georgian Deputy Defense Minister, Batu Kutelia, said on July 14 that additional 5,000 servicemen would join various military units, but the priority would be to reinforce air forces and navy with highly-qualified personnel.

Pavle Kublashvili, a senior lawmaker from the ruling party, said that the increase in number of troops no way meant that Tbilisi was gearing up for use of force to regain control over the breakaway regions.

“Everyone should know that our priority is our peace initiatives, but at the same time we are ready for any type of scenario and ready to respond to any type of provocation staged by the aggressors,” MP Kublashvili said.
 
Also on July 15 the Parliament approved amendment to the 2008 state budget, which among other things, also envisages increase of defense spending up by GEL 295 million, bringing total funding of the Ministry of Defense to GEL 1.395 billion this year.

Lawmakers from the ruling party justified increase in defense spending again by external threats, in particular Russia’s moves in respect of breakaway regions.

MP Nika Rurua, the deputy chairman of the parliamentary committee for defense and security, said earlier this month that enhancing Georgia’s air defense and naval capabilities was one of the major priorities of the increased funding. He pointed out that purchase of air-defense systems and aircraft were planned.

Latest News
24 May.'15 10:36
President’s Office Warns Against Bill on Banking Supervisory Agency
GD MP, who co-sponsored the bill, criticizes c.bank for “not reflecting interests” of ruling coalition.
23 May.'15 11:53
PM Garibashvili: ‘Riga Summit Success for Georgia’
Opposition says government failed to achieve desirable results from Riga summit.
22 May.'15 18:40
Georgia in Riga Summit Conclusions
“I’m very optimistic about liberalizing visa regimes for Ukraine and Georgia,” Juncker said.
22 May.'15 11:51
Preparations Underway for Marking Independence Day
Some of the central squares and streets will be closed to traffic in runup to and during events.
21 May.'15 23:02
Georgian PM: ‘We Expect to Get EU Visa Waiver Maybe Next Year’
“Political decision has already been made, now technical procedures remain,” the PM said in Riga.
21 May.'15 21:56
EU’s Tusk: ‘Riga Summit Not About Announcing Giant Steps’
Partnership with its Eastern partners will go forward “step-by-step”, President of European Council said.
21 May.'15 19:51
C.Bank Chief Says ‘No Additional Pressure on GEL Expected in Medium Term’
Lari gained 3% on May 21, rising to a one-month high against U.S. dollar.
21 May.'15 15:20
Merkel Says Georgia, Ukraine Not Yet Ready for EU Visa Waiver
“A lot still needs to be done” by Georgia and Ukraine in this regard, she said ahead of EaP summit.
20 May.'15 22:24
Georgian PM in Riga for Eastern Partnership Summit
Garibashvili also plans bilateral meetings with some European leaders on the sideline of the summit.
20 May.'15 15:09
EU’s Tusk on Chances of Visa-Free Travel for Georgia and Ukraine
EU visa-free travel for these countries “quote possible” in 2016, depends on their efforts, he said.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2013, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
6