NATO Establishes Special Commission to Intensify Relations with Official Tbilisi

Georgia Materials 20 August 2008 14:23 (UTC +04:00)

Georgia, Tbilisi, 20 August / Trend corr. N.Kirtskhalia / NATO will establish special commission with Georgia to intensify bilateral relations, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, the NATO Secretary of General said at the end of ministerial in Brussels on 19 August.

"The NATO ministers stated that they can not maintain relations with Russia at the previous level until Russia does not carry out terms of documents signed with France's mediation on fully withdrawal of its armed forces from Georgia," he said.

" Russia should respect all these agreements, which were coordinated between Sarkozy, Medvedev and Saakashvili. However, we have not yet seen that these agreements are being realized and demand from Russia to pull back to the position it held before the crisis broke out," Scheffer said.

The NATO Secretary General stressed that the NATO Foreign Ministers' Council unambiguously supported sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia. "We coordinated several measures to support Tbilisi and it is response for Georgia's request," he said.

Scheffer described sending the NATO experts to Georgia as one of the measures to support this country. The observers should examine situation and damage, which the Russian aggression caused to Georgia, including military field. "At this stage, we will assist our Georgian partners to restore air navigation and to struggle with hackers," he said.

According to the NATO Secretary of General, interrelations of Russia and NATO depend on Russia's position and carrying out earlier signed ceasefire agreement, as well as undertaken obligations.