NATO supports Georgia's expectations to join NATO and confirms the position, announced at the summit in Bucharest in 2008, related to Georgia's accession to NATO, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. According to him, Georgia is an exemplary partner of the Organization.
As reported by the KP.ru, at the joint press conference with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who currently with a visit in Brussels to meet with the NATO Security Council, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen stated that NATO supported Georgia's expectations to join NATO and confirmed the position, announced at the summit in Bucharest in 2008, related to Georgia's accession to NATO.
"At the summit in Bucharest in 2008, we agreed that Georgia would join NATO; and we intend to adhere to this decision", Fogh Rasmussen said. He also added that Georgia was an exemplary partner of the Organization.
April 3, at a meeting with Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili in Brussels, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen promised they would discuss "the progress achieved by Georgia" in cooperation with NATO, Apsny.ge reported.
A meeting of the NATO-Georgia Commission in Brussels is to be held today. "We will assess the progress achieved in the framework of this cooperation", Rasmussen said at a press conference after being asked about his meeting with President Saakashvili. "We will discuss the situation in terms of regional security and, finally, we'll discuss the next summit (NATO - Ed.) in Chicago".
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"I am convinced that the Allies will express their great gratitude for the important contribution of Georgia to our Afghan operation", he continued. "Georgia is one of those countries, which makes a huge contribution; Georgia has decided to double its contribution, after which it will be a country not a member of NATO, but with the largest number of troops in Afghanistan. Of course, all the Allies would appreciate it. This is a very strong proof of Georgia's adherence to NATO".
Recall, Republican Senator Richard Lugar has introduced in the U.S. Senate a bill, which provides the expansion of NATO to include Georgia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Montenegro. According to the document, President Obama must present a plan for Georgia's accession into the NATO at the NATO summit in Chicago.
According to Lugar, the expansion of NATO is a "key component" to strengthen the stability and political reform in Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans.
The draft calls on the U.S. President Barack Obama to develop a "clear road map" for making NATO membership to Georgia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and to present it at the NATO summit to be held in May. The document also proposes to continue efforts to develop cooperation between NATO and Ukraine.
The Georgia Times