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Army Chief Weighs in on Former Servicemen’s Campaign against Zurabishvili

Chief of the General Staff of the Georgian Armed Forces, Major General Vladimer Chachibaia, weighed in on former military servicemen’s social media campaign against the ruling party-endorsed presidential candidate Salome Zurabishvili. In a statement issued on November 13, Chachibaia stressed “any attempts to entangle” the army in political processes are “dangerous” and “go …

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Early Voting Held for Georgian Troops in Afghanistan

Georgian troops serving in the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan were the first voters to cast ballot in the presidential elections on October 25, three days before the polling stations will open in Georgia. The Central Election Commission (CEC) has not yet released the information on how many ballots were cast …

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Two Servicemen Arrested on Charges of Illegal Sale of Ammunition

The Ministry of Defense reported on October 4 that three persons, including two servicemen and one civilian, have been arrested on charges of illegal purchase, storage and sale of ammunition. Irakli Bazerashvili, a ministry representative, said at a special press briefing today that the servicemen, with the help of the third detainee, …

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France Helps Georgia Improve Air Surveillance Capabilities

Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze said on October 1 that the country’s airspace would now be “more protected and effectively controlled”. He presented the arrival of the French-made ground-based surveillance radars and short range anti-aircraft missile systems to Georgia. PM Bakhtadze said the air forces are among the main elements of …

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Israeli, Georgian Defense Ministers Pledge to Deepen Ties

Georgia and Israel will deepen bilateral defense cooperation, the countries’ defense ministers, Levan Izoria and Avigdor Lieberman, announced on September 12. The two officials signed a respective declaration in Tbilisi, during the Israeli Defense Minister’s first official visit to Georgia. According to Minister Izoria, the sides agreed that Israel would …

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New Chief of Eastern Command of Land Forces Appointed

Colonel Aleksandre Kiknadze has been appointed new Chief of Eastern Command of the Georgian Land Forces, replacing Brigadier General Shavlego Tabatadze, who served from 2016 and was appointed new Governor of Imereti region in western Georgia. Defense Minister Levan Izoria underscored today that Colonel Kiknadze has been selected based on his …

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Multinational Military Drills Start in Georgia

The U.S. and Georgia-led “Agile Spirit” military exercise officially kicked off today at Senaki military base in western Georgia. 237 military servicemen from Georgia and United States, as well as Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine participate in the exercise. It includes command and staff training and aims …

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Multinational Military Drills to Kick Off in Georgia

The U.S. and Georgia-led “Agile Spirit” military exercise is to kick off on September 1 at Senaki military base in western Georgia. Troops from the Georgian Armed Forces and the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe, as well as from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine will participate in …

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Annual Multinational Exercise Starts in Georgia

Two-week long U.S. and Georgia-led Noble Partner military exercise started on August 1 at the Vaziani Military Airfield, south of Tbilisi, the country’s capital. Over 3000 troops are taking part in the drills, including 1300 Georgian, 1170 U.S. and 500 military personnel from other participating nations: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, France, Germany, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Turkey, Ukraine …

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Multinational Military Exercise to Kick Off in Georgia

The U.S-led Noble Partner military exercise will be held at the Vaziani and Norio training areas outside Tbilisi on August 1-15. The exercise is intended at enhancing cooperation and interoperability between the participating nations. Over 3000 troops will take part in the drills, including 1300 Georgian, 1170 U.S. and 500 military personnel from other participating …

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Georgian Soldier Dies in Training Exercise

A Georgian soldier has died during a training exercise at the Orpolo firing range, close to the town of Akhaltsikhe in Samtskhe-Javakheti region of Georgia. The Ministry of Defense said 31-year-old Corporal Mirza Chachua, a motorist in the 34th artillery battalion, “felt unwell” after completing one of the phases of …

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Defense Ministry Responds to “Spy Contract” Allegations

The Georgian Defense Ministry was forced to respond to media disclosure that supply contracts were awarded to companies belonging to an individual, who confessed to spying for Russia in 2010. In a statement released on July 2, the Defense Ministry said it “has no information about previous activities of the …

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Top U.S. Army Commander Attends Georgia Defense Program Opening

Army General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, Commander of the U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander, who visited Georgia on May 17-18, attended today the inauguration of the Georgia Defense Readiness Program (GDRP), a large U.S.-funded training program focused on Georgia’s territorial defense capabilities. Speaking at a new Combat Training Center …

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Georgian, Israeli Defense Ministers Meet, Discuss Expanding Cooperation

Georgian Defense Minister Levan Izoria, who is on an official visit to Israel, met with his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman on May 2, with the two officials discussing bilateral defense cooperation. Izoria and Lieberman signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at enhancing defense cooperation including in the field of military …

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