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  • 9 July 2016

    The foreign ministers of the NATO member states have expressed their support for Georgia’s aspirations to become a party to the North Atlantic Treaty, Rafał Sobczak, director of the MFA Press Office, told PAP following a Warsaw summit session devoted to that country.

    “The meeting’s focus was on Georgia’s prospects of becoming party to the North Atlantic Treaty. All the delegations present at the meeting expressed their support for Georgian aspirations to join the Alliance. During the talks, delegations spoke favourably of Georgia’s participation in NATO missions,” said Mr Sobczak.

     

    According to him, Georgia was also commended for its ongoing reforms.

     

    Earlier that day, speaking at a press conference, the chief of Polish diplomacy Witold Waszczykowski had strongly endorsed Tbilisi. “We will be making the case for Georgia to become a NATO member as soon as possible; this has been a long-standing policy of all Polish governments,” noted the Polish foreign minister.

     

     

    Georgia’s aspirations have met with strong objections from Russia. Tbilisi has not maintained diplomatic relations with Moscow ever since the 2008 war in South Ossetia.

     

    Georgia was offered the prospect of joining the Alliance during the NATO summit in Bucharest in April 2008. In the event, neither Tbilisi nor Kyiv were awarded membership action plans due to the opposition from Berlin and Paris, which were concerned about straining relations with Moscow. Nevertheless, Georgia was given a firm pledge that it could count on becoming an Alliance member in the future.

     

    The NATO summit in Chicago in May 2012 reaffirmed that the Alliance’s door remains open for Georgia. At the Newport summit in September 2014, NATO announced that it would help Georgia to fulfil the Alliance’s requirements.

     

    Source: PAP

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