According to Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, the expansion of the alliance towards the Black Sea is a prerequisite for European and global security
Georgia participates in NATO and EU peacekeeping missions and, thus, is ready to share responsibility for collective defense with the alliance. This was announced on Sunday by the Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili.
“Our military, with their professionalism and dedication, contribute to peacekeeping missions, be it the NATO Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan or the EU mission in the Central African Republic and Mali. We are ready to fully share the responsibility of collective defense,” Garibashvili wrote on Facebook on the occasion of the day of the creation of NATO.
“The expansion of the alliance towards the Black Sea is a prerequisite for European and world security. NATO needs Georgia just like the republic needs a military-political bloc,” the prime minister added.
Georgia has been cooperating with NATO since the late 1990s. In November 2002, President Eduard Shevardnadze at a summit in Prague announced the country’s desire to become a member of the alliance. This aspiration was confirmed by the next president, Mikheil Saakashvili. The Georgian Dream – Democratic Georgia party, which came to power in 2012, continued the course of integration into NATO, but at the same time, the new authorities called the “gradual normalization of relations with the Russian Federation not to the detriment of Georgia’s territorial integrity” the “most important task” of the country’s foreign policy.