Georgia’s accession to NATO not on agenda – PM’s special representative
Tbilisi, Georgia, Feb.19
By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:
Currently, the issue of Georgia's accession to NATO is not on the agenda, special representative of Georgia's Prime Minister for relations with Russia Zurab Abashidze told reporters on Feb.19.
He made the remarks before the start of the Georgian government meeting.
"Georgia is an independent state, therefore, it has the right to cooperate with any international organization, including NATO, which is the most influential one," said Abashidze.
At the same time, he added that the cooperation with NATO aims at placing this organization's military infrastructure in Georgia.
Furthermore, he said that Georgia will not take any steps that can put the region's security under threat, however, Russia's military bases deployed in Abkhazia and South Ossetia threaten the regional security.
Previously, NATO Parliamentary Assembly urged all member states of the organization to present the Membership Action Plan to Georgia in the Wales summit as a sign of recognizing the country's success on the way of integration into NATO and its contribution to ensuring international security.
The Membership Action Plan (MAP) is a NATO program of advice, assistance and practical support tailored to the individual needs of countries wishing to join the alliance.
Edited by SI