NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has stated during the ongoing NATO leaders meeting in London that there is “more NATO in Georgia now than ever.”
He said that the alliance remains committed to its 2008 promise made in Bucharest that the country will become a NATO member, without specifying a possible date for the occasion.
We are now focused on helping Georgia and Ukraine in their moving forward on the path of the Euro-Atlantic integration including in carrying out reforms and modernisation of their security,” he said.
He stated that NATO does not see any ‘imminent military threat of Russia’ against any NATO country, “but what we see is a strategic challenge, and we see a Russia which is investing heavily in new, modern capabilities, including nuclear forces, deploying missiles capable of reaching European cities within minutes, and missiles which are nuclear capable’.
And we see Russia, which has been responsible for aggressive actions against neighbours: Georgia, Ukraine, but also have forces in Moldova without the consent of the government in that country,” Stoltenberg said.
Polish President Andrzej Duda has stated during the meeting that the Russian aggression in Georgia and Ukraine pushed NATO strengthen its Northern flank, which was “crucial” for Poland and the Baltic States.
Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani is attending the gathering.