Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Gakharia said that the country continues to strengthen partnership in the strategic areas — NATO, the United States and the European Union (EU). On Saturday, August 8, reports “Interfax”.
“Today, Georgia is fully ready to join NATO. See it and appreciate our partners. It is a process, and we will get everything completed,” — said Gajaria.
According to him, mandatory for the restoration of territorial integrity of the country is Euro-Atlantic integration and peaceful development of Georgia.
Earlier, Georgian authorities repeatedly stated that the country cannot become part of the Alliance until you resolve all their territorial disputes. In 2019, the head of NATO’s liaison office in Georgia rosary Puglisi concluded that the Alliance will not consider the entry of Georgia without the territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
According to the official position of NATO, these “occupied territories” are part of Georgia, and therefore this participation in the Alliance can only go based on their. The fifth article of the NATO Charter on collective security contains a provision according to which an attack on one country of the bloc will amount to an attack on all members.
Georgia aspires to EU membership and Severoantlanticheskogo Alliance with the 1990-ies. At the NATO summit in Bucharest 2008 communiqué was recorded that sooner or later, Tbilisi will join the military unit.
The armed conflict in South Ossetia began on the night of 8 August 2008, the Georgian army shelling of Tskhinvali and attempted to establish control over the Republic. At the moment in the conflict zone there were 500 Russian peacekeepers. The then President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev on the same day announced the start of operations in the Republic, after which the region was introduced by the Russian troops.
In the same month, the leaders of Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Georgia and Russia signed a plan for a peaceful settlement of the situation. Some time later, Moscow officially recognized South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent States, and Georgia broke off diplomatic relations with Russia.