Jens Stoltenberg: Georgia will become NATO member, though timeline of this process not defined
Jens Stoltenberg: Georgia will become NATO member, though timeline of this process not defined

Georgia will become a NATO member, though the timeline of the process is not defined, – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg answered the question raised by Deputy Head of the Slovenian Delegation to NATO PA, Matej Tonin: “When will we see Georgia as a full member of NATO”.

At the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Plenary Session Jens Stoltenberg stated that NATO has a very strong partnership with Georgia and NATO support Georgia’s efforts to modernize and strengthen its security and defense institutions.

“NATO’s door remains open. We proved it by allowing Montenegro to join. Montenegro became a 29th member of Alliance two years ago and soon Northern Macedonia will become the 30th member of Alliance. So for the past two years, we have proven that NATO’s door remains open. We have also clearly stated many times at different NATO summits that Georgia will become a NATO member, but we have no timeline for this process. We support Georgia’s efforts to modernize and strengthen its security and defense institutions to meet NATO standards. So this is an issue we are working on together with Georgia.

It is also important to remember that even without membership, we have seen more NATO in Georgia – we have a joint training and evaluation center in Georgia, we have more exercises, we have more NATO presence in Georgia than we ever have before. This is good for Georgia and good for NATO. So, without full membership, we have a very strong partnership with Georgia”, – Stoltenberg stated.

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