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Georgian, NATO Defense Ministers Meet in Brussels, Discuss Cooperation

Defense Minister Levan Izoria participated in the NATO-Georgia Commission meeting on October 3, held in the frames of the NATO Defense Ministerial in Brussels on October 3-4. At the Commission meeting, Allies welcomed “the continued progress” Georgia is making on “more effective security and defense institutions and modernizing its armed forces.” They …

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Georgian, Russian Diplomats Meet, Discuss Cooperation

Georgian Prime Minister’s special representative for Russia Zurab Abashidze and Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin met in Prague on October 1, as part of the informal direct bilateral dialogue launched between the two countries in late 2012. Both sides reported after the meeting that the diplomats spoke on the increasing …

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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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Deputy SecGen: NATO-Georgia Relations ‘in an Excellent Shape’

In her meetings with Georgian leaders in Tbilisi on September 21, the NATO Deputy Secretary General, Rose Gottemoeller, reaffirmed the Alliance’s “strong commitment” to Georgia. “We are in excellent shape with regard to our NATO-Georgia relationship,” Gottemoeller said at her joint press conference with Deputy Foreign Minister David Dondua. “We will …

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NATO-Georgia Commission Meets in Brussels

On September 5, State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality Ketevan Tsikhelashvili and Deputy Foreign Minister Davit Dondua discussed human rights and security situation in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia at the NATO-Georgia Commission in Brussels, Belgium. At the Commission meeting, NATO allies reaffirmed their support for Georgia’s sovereignty and …

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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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Recognized occupation

The Presidents of Abkhazia (Sergei Bagapsh), Russia (Dimitri Medvedev) and South Ossetia (Eduard Kokoity) shake hands. Photo: kremlin.ru

In the direct aftermath of the 2008 Russian – Georgian war, the Russian Federation undertook a range of measures to extract both South Ossetia and Abkhazia from Georgia, starting with the recognition of both as independent, this weekend exactly ten years ago. A little exploration in the past. Two weeks after …

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CSO Coalition Calls for Active NATO Integration Policy

A group of eleven civil society organizations, united under the Coalition for Euro-Atlantic Georgia, issued a joint statement on August 2, calling on the authorities to intensify the country’s NATO integration policy. The organizations, including the Economic Policy Research Center, the Media Development Foundation and the Transparency International Georgia, stressed …

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PM Bakhtadze: Georgia Firm on EU Integration Path

Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze, who traveled to Brussels on July 18-20 on his first foreign visit after assuming power, reaffirmed in his meetings with European officials that Georgia remains committed to its EU aspirations. “Today, we are more than ever motivated to do more and go even further on our …

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NATO, Georgia Agree to Enhance Partnership

Leaders of 29 NATO member nations and Georgian officials met at NATO-Georgia Commission meeting in Brussels today to discuss security, defense reform and cooperation. Upon conclusion of the meeting, the sides adopted a joint declaration, emphasizing “unique scope and depth of Georgia’s relationship with the Alliance.” In the declaration, Allies recognize the …

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President Margvelashvili to Attend NATO Brussels Summit

President Giorgi Margvelashvili will lead the Georgian delegation at the NATO Summit in Brussels on July 11-12, Tengiz Pkhaladze, the President’s Foreign Affairs Secretary announced today. Pkhaladze underscored that one of Georgia’s main objectives in the period leading to the Summit was “to draw the attention of the Alliance towards …

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CSOs Address North Atlantic Council over Georgia’s NATO Membership

A group of 49 civil society organizations addressed the North Atlantic Council today to “consider political breakthrough toward the Georgia’s NATO membership” at the upcoming NATO Summit in Brussels on July 11-12. In their open letter, the civil society organizations, among them Transparency International Georgia, Atlantic Council of Georgia, Georgian …

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Georgian Defense Minister Visits Brussels

Georgian Defense Minister Levan Izoria participated today in the meeting of defense ministers of the countries involved in the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, held on the sidelines of the NATO Defense Ministerial in Brussels on June 7-8. Minister Izoria underscored in his remarks after the meeting that Georgia remains “committed to its obligations …

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Volker: US, Georgia enjoy strategic dialogue, close military ties

Voice of America’s Ani Chkhikvadze sat down with Ambassador Kurt Volker, U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations, to discuss Georgia’s domestic and foreign affairs. Recently, Syria’s Assad Government recognized occupied Abkhazia and Ossetia as independent states. Why do you think we saw this right now, especially given that Georgia, as …

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William Courtney: Georgia Enjoys Bipartisan U.S. Support

At the conclusion of Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili’s recent visit to Washington DC, three senior U.S. diplomats published a story, titled “Where Georgia is Headed.” The article, authored by William Courtney, Daniel Fried and Kenneth Yalowitz, reflects on the three ambassadors’ earlier report, dubbed “Georgia’s Path Westward.” To discuss …

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Georgia in NATO PA’s Warsaw Declaration

The NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s Spring Session in Warsaw adopted a declaration on the upcoming NATO Summit in Brussels, appealing among others for Alliance leaders’ reaffirmation of NATO’s Open Door Policy towards Georgia. The Declaration on Affirming NATO’s Unity and Credibility at the Brussels Summit, adopted by the Plenary Sitting on …

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SG Jens Stoltenberg: Ukraine, Georgia NATO’s ‘Close Partners’

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg addressed the Plenary Session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (PA) in Warsaw on May 28, and spoke among others on NATO’s relations with Georgia. “We will continue to provide practical and political support to Ukraine, to Georgia,” the Secretary General said in his remarks, adding …

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Hodges: Do Everything To Become Indigestible For Russia

Lieutenant General (Retired) Ben Hodges, Pershing Chair of Strategic Studies at the Center for European Policy Analysis, told Voice of America’s Ia Meurmishvili that NATO has reacted strongly to Russia’s aggression, and that the Alliance has not been as strong as it is now for a long time. LTG Hodges …

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