Georgian parliament speaker meets Estonian president

Photo: Georgian parliament speaker meets Estonian president
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Tbilisi, Georgia, Jan.14

By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

The speaker of the Georgian parliament David Usupashvili met with Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves in Tallinn.

A concrete, detailed talk was held about what needs to be done in terms of integration into NATO, Usupashvili said after the meeting.

"We also discussed how to avoid threats that the country may face this year. There can be certain provocations prior to signing the association agreement and the NATO summit, to be held in September. I hope that we will successfully cope with all the challenges," Usupashvili said.

The Estonian president, in turn, said that Georgia's future is connected to Europe, and both the Georgian state and the European Union should make efforts to achieve this goal.

Ilves said Estonia supports decisions of the 'Eastern Partnership' summit, held in November, 2013 in Vilnius, where the association and free trade agreement between the EU and Georgia was initialed. The summit also discussed the introduction of visa-free travel between Brussels and Tbilisi.

"This is a part of the democracy and openness development in the EU neighboring countries. This is a part of Georgia's path to get closer to the EU," Ilves said.

Eastern Partnership is an EU project, aimed at rapprochement of the EU and six countries of the former Soviet Union: Ukraine, Moldova , Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Belarus.

Translated by E.A.

Edited by C.N.

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