I’ve seen the current exchanges in Georgia on joining the Alliance without Article 5 applying to the two regions, I don’t see an appetite in NATO to consider this, – James Appathurai, NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia made this statement on his facebook page.
“I’ve seen the current exchanges in Georgia on joining the Alliance without Article 5 applying to the two regions. In my view, there is no point in a discussion of this issue now. I don’t see an appetite in NATO to consider this, nor do I believe the current international security environment makes this idea timely. The Georgian embassy to NATO is actively promoting more Georgia in NATO, and more NATO in Georgia, with clear and concrete ideas. This is the right approach, politically and practically. And the NAC will soon be in Georgia to discuss how to further deepen our cooperation, including to help Georgia with the reforms that help it prepare for membership”, – James Appathurai wrote on facebook.
As the former Secretary-General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen said at a fifth international conference organized by the McCain Institute and the Economic Policy Research Center (EPRC) in Tbilisi, Georgia and NATO should consider whether Georgia wants to join NATO with the mechanism when Article 5 covers only territory controlled by Georgian Government.