Tbilisi, Georgia, May 14
By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:
Secretary of Georgian National Security Council, Irina Imerlishvili regards the visit of French President Francois Hollande to Tbilisi as a sign of support to Georgia's European integration.
"The French president's statements that Georgia has a chance to become the region's main transport and energy corridor, is of great importance," she said.
Imerlishvili has high hopes regarding the upcoming NATO summit, as Georgia is very close to NATO standards in terms of all reforms held in the defense sphere, as well as the standards and status of the country's Armed Forces.
Answering the question about whether France's position on Georgia's accession to NATO has changed after 2008, she said that there were no direct talks about this issue.
"During the meeting, the discussions touched upon the future cooperation between France and Georgia in the defense sphere," Imerlishvili added.
Large scale military action was launched in South Ossetia on August 8, 2008. Later, Russian troops occupied Tskhinvali and expelled the Georgian military.
Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in late August. In response, Tbilisi ended diplomatic relations with Moscow and has called the two unrecognized republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia occupied territories.
Edited by C.N.