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Georgian Defense Minister meets with his French colleague
Publish Time: 2017-04-19 10:47:00
Georgian Defense Minister Levan Izoria met with his French colleague Jean-Yves Le Drian. During the meeting, the ministers discussed bilateral defence cooperation aspects. The sides also focused on France`s engagement in the implementation of one of the elements of Substantial NATO-Georgia Package.Within the framework of the working visit, Minister of Defence of Georgia will also take part in the fire sparkling ceremony at the Triumphal Arch dedicated to the memory of the military killed in combat operations.
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Defence Minister remembered Georgian soldiers at Mukhatgverdi and Vahslijvari cemetery
Publish Time: 2017-04-17 16:12:00
On the first day of the week of Magnificent Easter Seven, the Georgian Orthodox Church marks the date of blessing of graves.Georgia’s Minister of Defence, Levan Izoria along with the Chief of General Staff   visited Mukhatgverdi and Vashlijvari Cemeteries in the outskirts of Tbilisi earlier this afternoon. Minister paid tribute to the memory of those who gave their lives for defending their homeland. He expressed condolence to family members of the killed soldiers and congratulated them on Easter.
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Georgian Defense Minister meets with his Ukrainian colleague
Publish Time: 2017-03-31 11:45:00
Georgian Defense Minister Levan Izoria is being in Ukraine with 2-day visit. Izoria met with his Ukrainian counterpart Stepan Poltorak. The parties reaffirmed that Georgia and Ukraine were allies and partners having joint strategic goals concerning Euro-Atlantic integration and renewal of territorial integrity.The parties also agreed on reforms experience sharing. “We continue rehabilitation of our servicemen in Georgia,” Gen. Poltorak said. According to Stepan Poltorak, there are plans to enhance the Ukrainian-Georgian cooperation in the framework of cooperation with NATO.The cooperation will be developed in training under NATO standards, especially, in mountains and woods, troops training experience sharing, information exchange, cooperation in military science, joint exercises and participation in multinational manoeuvres.
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Georgian Defense Minister hosts US Assistant Secretary of Defense
Update Time: 2017-03-29 16:43:00
Georgian Defense Minister Levan Izoria hosted US Assistant Secretary of Defence Laura Cooper. Izoria talked about reforms carried out in the ministry. The sides also discussed joint multi-national military training projects. 
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Defense Minister meets with military chaplains
Update Time: 2017-03-11 16:26:00
Levan Izoria, Georgian Defense Minister met with military chaplains. Izoria inquired about their problems and pledged assistance. Thirty-one chaplains serve in the Georgian armed forces. One of them is on a mission in Afghanistan together with the Georgian military contingent.  
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Rustavi 2 lawyers to file application in European Court of Human Rights
Update Time: 2017-03-03 18:10:00
Lawyers of Rustavi 2 TV Company will file an application in the European Court of Human Rights against the ruling made by Grand Chamber of Supreme Court on March 2 into Rustavi 2 case. Lawyers already demanded use of temporary suspension of enforcement mechanism. They are also preparing a complaint to be submitted into Constitutional Court. Former owners, brothers Kramanashvilis are intended to begin international dispute as well. "In spite of the fact that this is a very complex mechanism and needs very serious efforts, we are going to try it in any case. On Friday we’ll file an application with the European Court of Human Rights. Let's see how it all goes. I also call on the Constitutional Court to consider our lawsuits and finally make a decision on the unconstitutionality and the retroactive effect. If these two claims are satisfied, of course, this decision will be automatically canceled," Nika Gvaramia, General Director of Rustavi 2 TV said.
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Plenary session of NATO Military Committee
Update Time: 2017-03-03 12:16:00
A plenary sitting of NATO Military Committee, being on a visit in Georgia, is being held. Regional and International security issues are being discussed with the Georgian side. 
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Chairman of NATO Military Committee says NATO is a reliable partner of Georgia
Publish Time: 2017-03-03 09:44:00
I want to emphasize that NATO is a reliable partner of Georgia, with which we have open and honest dialogue, - Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Gen. Petr Pavel, said at the NATO Military Committee meeting held at Radisson hotel. The Committee session was officially opened by the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, who thanked Defense Minister Levan Izoria for hospitality. Gen. Petr Pavel addressed the meeting participants. He praised the ongoing reforms and welcomed the readiness of the Georgian side to improve interoperability of its armed forces with the NATO forces.He thanked Georgia for its contribution to the NATO-led operations and international fight for safety. He also focused on the implementation of NATO-Georgia substantial package. "This cooperation mechanism helps Georgia to strengthen defense capabilities and promotes the process of integration with NATO," Gen. Petr Pavel said.
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NATO Military Committee visited NATO-Georgia Joint Training Center
Update Time: 2017-03-02 18:08:00
Georgia hosts NATO Military Committee (MC). NATO Military Representatives have visited NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Center (JTEC) and attended pre-deployment training of the Georgian military unit to “Resolute Support” mission in Afghanistan. Presentation about Krtsanisi Center has been held.NATO Military Committee arrived in Georgia today. Within the two-day long visit, NATO Military Committee members will meet with high-ranking governmental officials.
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Levan Izoria met Chairman of NATO Military Committee
Publish Time: 2017-03-02 16:15:00
NATO Military Committee pays a visit to Georgia. Within the framework of visit the members of delegation has already held a meeting with Georgia’s Defense Minister Levan Izoria.  After the meeting, Levan Izoria and Chairman of MC, General Petr Pavel have held a joint press conference.Within the two-day long visit, NATO Military Committee members will meet with high-ranking governmental officials.
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Defense Minister comments about captured Georgian pilot
Update Time: 2017-02-25 16:24:00
The government of Georgia is absolutely ready to consistently communicate with the Congo government to receive more information about our citizen, - Georgia’s Defense Minister Levan Izoria said on the captured Georgian pilot. According to Izoria, he has not been involved in the negotiations. “Our government is all ready to maintain constant communication with the Congo government in order to receive more and more information about our citizen, to be able to provide his rights protection,” Izoria said. The rebels shot down a helicopter and one Georgian citizen was captured and another- wounded as a result. As reported by Georgia’s foreign ministry, the wounded one has been provided with treatment in a hospital but another one still remains in captivity. His relatives say the rebels demand a million USD in exchange for release of Levan Osorauli, Georgian pilot. 
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NATO Military Committee (MC) will visit Georgia
Update Time: 2017-02-23 20:27:00
NATO Military Committee (MC) will visit Georgia on March 2-3.  Chairman of MC, General Petr Pavel will lead the 28 senior NATO Military Representatives.Within the framework of the two-day long visit to Georgia, Chairman of NATO Military Committee, General Petr Pavel will hold tete-a-tete meetings with President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili, Prime-Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Defense Minister Levan Izoria and Chief of General Staff of the GAF, Brigadier General Vladimer ChachibaiaThe Military Committee is the senior military authority in NATO and the oldest permanent body in NATO after the North Atlantic Council, both having been formed months after the Alliance came into being. It is the primary source of military advice to NATO’s civilian decision-making bodies – the North Atlantic Council and the Nuclear Planning Group.NATO Military Committee is visiting Georgia for the second time. NATO Military Committee’s visit to Georgia is a strong message from the Alliance who continues to support Georgia’s integration and its efforts towards membership to NATO. It is also another demonstration of NATO-Georgia intensive and successful cooperation. This visit is a unique opportunity to discuss military issues, progress in GAF’s transformation, get first hand impression on the ground and further NATO-Georgia relations at the highest level.
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NATO to boost Black Sea presence
Update Time: 2017-02-17 12:38:00
NATO to boost Black Sea presence NATO defense ministers have decided to beef up the military alliance's naval presence in the Black Sea while taking additional measures in the cyber defense field and continuing efforts for stronger presence in the Baltic Sea, which are all targeting Russia, foreign media reports. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday that NATO will hold more war games and training in the strategically important sea, which borders allies Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania, but also Russia, Ukraine and Georgia.Russia's naval fleet based at Sevastopol in Crimea has been a major concern for NATO, especially after Crimea was unilaterally annexed from by Russia on March 2014 in a clear violation of international law. Stoltenberg said at the meeting the NATO allies discussed their presence in the Black Sea region and agreed on two additional maritime measures as well as a multinational framework brigade in Romania.Stoltenberg described the new measures as "an increased NATO naval presence in the Black Sea for enhanced training, exercises, and situational awareness, and a maritime coordination function for our Standing Naval Forces when operating with other Allied forces in the Black Sea region". He added, "And this shows allies stand together, united and strong".Several NATO allies are already providing troops to 3,000-5,000-strong land force in Romania.  
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Georgian Defense Minister hold meeting with American Generals
Publish Time: 2017-02-11 12:14:00
Georgia’s Defense Minister Levan Izoria and Brigadier General Vladimir Chachibaia visited the US European Command's 7th Army training base. According to Georgian Defense Ministry, the delegation was hosted by the US Army European Forces Commander, Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges and training base commander, Brigadier General Antonio Aguto.According to the Ministry, at the meeting with the American generals, the Defense Minister focused on the important contribution of the US European Command in the development of the defense capabilities of the Georgian Armed Forces and noted that the three-year the framework agreement on the Georgia-US security cooperation envisages long-term objectives and development of strong defense capabilities. It was noted at the meeting that to discuss the further details of the Preparedness Program, the American General will visit Georgia in the near future.US Army European Forces Commander, Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges praised the Georgian peacekeepers readiness being trained in Afghanistan. “In my opinion, today the Georgia-US relations are stronger than ever before and it will be continued”, said the US Army European Forces Commander. 
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Six soldiers injured in road accident
Update Time: 2017-02-10 12:30:00
Six soldiers injured in a road accident. The vehicle of the 22nd battalion of the second infantry brigade crashed to a tree.The injured soldiers have been transferred to hospital. Health condition of soldiers reported as stable. The accident occurred when vehicle was carrying soldiers to the Simoneti firing range. According to Ministry of Defence the convoy was transporting in compliance with the rules along with military police escorts, however car slipped off and crashed to a tree.
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Military remains left after closure of Russian bases to be destroyed
Update Time: 2017-01-31 20:53:00
The military remains left after closure of Russian bases across Georgia will be destroyed by State Military Scientific-Technical Centre DELTA with financial support of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).The OSCE allocated 364 thousand Euros for de-mining works. 
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Levan Izoria to soldiers: Far away from Georgia you are serving our national cause
Update Time: 2017-01-31 16:55:00
Georgian peacekeepers, a platoon of the II infantry brigade has departed for Central African Republic to participate in the mission conducted under the EU aegis. According to Georgia’s Defense Ministry the official ceremony was held and Minister Levan Izoria addressed the soldiers. ‘Each of us contributes to the cause named supporting our territorial integrity and sovereignty by our partners… Always believe that being far away from Georgia you are serving the most national cause of ours,’ he has said. Levan Izoria wished the platoon success and emphasized significance of the international operation. The platoon will fulfill the mission EUTM RCA for six months.  
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Georgian soldiers return from Afghanistan
Update Time: 2017-01-29 16:09:00
The Georgian soldiers of  the II Infantry Brigade of Georgian Armed Forces returned to the homeland from Afghanistan. They served their peacekeeping mission within the framework of Resolute Support Program. Defense Minister welcomed the soldiers at the airport. The company of II Infantry Brigade will be replaced by company of I Infantry Brigade within the mission.
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Georgian Soldiers mark Christmas and New Year in Afghanistan
Update Time: 2017-01-14 16:30:00
Georgian soldiers serving their peacekeeping mission in Resolute Support Program marked Christmas and New Year in Kabul, Afghanistan. The activity was held at the initiative of “Alfa” first infantry battalion.A film about Georgian history, armed forces, traditions and culture was shown. Soldiers from different countries then had the opportunity to taste Georgian dishes. 
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Achievements and Challenges in court system – issues discussed at Conference of Judges
Update Time: 2017-01-14 16:10:00
Supreme Court Chairwoman Nino Gvenetadze claims that the main challenge in the Court is to ensure justice oriented on human rights. As Nino Gvenetadze said before the 19th Conference of Judges, insufficient number of judges remains a challenge in the justice system, due to which timely consideration of affairs is delayed."As for the problems, which constantly and naturally accompany the legal proceedings, effective efforts will be continued for overcoming them in 2017,” Gvenetadze said.As for the criticism of the High Council of Justice by the NGO sector and the political influences on the court, Gvenetadze said they have active cooperation with the NGOs and will be so in the future too. Council meetings are open and available to any interested person and also to the broad public. We managed to ensure live broadcasting of the Council meetings. I think that in 2016 the High Court of Justice was the most open and transparent," Gvenetadze said.
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