NATO side Granted Vehicles to the Georgian Defense Forces
Within the framework of the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package (SNGP), with the support of NATO Defense Georgia Capacity Building Trust Fund’s relevant project, NATO Support and Procurement Organization – NSPA, gifted 5 high traverse Renault vehicles to the Joint Training and Evaluation Center (JTEC). The transfer of vehicles is aimed at developing the capacity of the center, increasing mobility, and improving the logistics component.
The ceremony was attended by Deputy Minister of Defense of Georgia Zurab Azarashvili, Deputy Commander of the Defense Forces, Major General Zaza Chkhaidze, Deputy Head of the NATO Liaison Office Pirit Pikker and representatives of the NSPA.
The NATO side purchased various types of vehicles for JTEC on the basis of a grant agreement signed between NSPA and the Ministry of Defense of Georgia in 2017, the total cost of which is 1.2 million Euros.
In total, 20 vehicles were gifted to JTEC, which will significantly improve the Center’s transportation issues, which will increase the overall capacity for JTEC to operate efficiently. JTEC NATO Advisory Team was also actively involved in the project implementation.
Prime Minister’s meeting with NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia
Georgia’s progress toward Euro-Atlantic integration and the key directions on the NATO-Georgia relations agenda were the main topics discussed at today’s meeting between Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and the NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, Javier Colomina.
Irakli Garibashvili and Javier Colomina spoke about the supportive measures tailored to Georgia and seeking to expand the country’s defense capabilities even further.
Attention was paid to NATO’s new Strategic Concept. As it was noted, the concept reiterates NATO’s unwavering support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial sovereignty and emphasizes the strategic importance of the Black Sea to the Alliance.
According to the Prime Minister, Georgia has always been one of the most reliable and capable partners of the Alliance, making a tremendous contribution to common Euro-Atlantic security. Irakli Garibashvili underlined that, over the years, Georgia has achieved significant progress on the path to Euro-Atlantic integration.
The conversation touched on the ongoing war in Ukraine and the complex security environment in the region and the world. Irakli Garibashvili and Javier Colomina discussed the situation in Georgia’s occupied territories. The Prime Minister reaffirmed the Georgian Government’s commitment to the policy of peaceful conflict resolution.
The meeting at the Government Administration was attended by the Head of the NATO Liaison Office in Georgia, Alexander Vinnikov, Georgia’s Foreign Minister Ilia Darchiashvili, and the Head of the Georgian Mission to NATO, Victor Dolidze.Press Service of the Government Administration
The Substantial NATO-Georgia Package Core Team Discusses Crisis Management Initiative
The Substantial NATO-Georgia Package (SNGP) aims to strengthen Georgia’s ability to defend itself and advance in its preparations for NATO membership. Since its endorsement by NATO Heads of State and Government, relevant representatives have been working together to further Georgia’s defense capabilities, increase its interoperability with NATO, and support Georgia’s integration in the alliance.
This week, members of the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package (SNGP) Core Team met with representatives of the National Crisis Management Center (Department) of the Office of National Security Council for discussions related to SNGP’s Crisis Management Initiative, which is led by Denmark.
Sniper rifle shooting tournament held in Georgian Defence Forces
Sniper rifle shooting tournament was held in the Georgian Defence Forces. The competition was held in the firing ground of NATO Joint Training and Evaluation Centre.
According to the administration of the Georgian Defence Forces, 12 teams of Defence Forces participated in the sports competition. The military personnel participating in the tournament had to overcome a distance of 100 to 700 meters.
The winners were revealed in three prize categories. The teams having taken II and III places were awarded medals and I place winner was granted the cup. In the individual category, I place was taken by the representatives of the Special Operations Forces, and II and III places were gained by the soldiers of III and I infantry brigades. In the team category, the SOF soldiers won I place and II and III places were taken by II and III Infantry Brigade military.
NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, Ambassador Baiba Braže, today opened the “Russian War Crimes House” exhibition at the NATO Headquarters
Ambassador Braže reiterated NATO’s commitment in the Madrid Summit declaration to work with relevant stakeholders to hold all those responsible for war crimes accountable. Speaking in Ukrainian, Ambassador Braže said: “We stand in full solidarity with Ukraine, and we are determined to do all we can to support you. Your courage is an inspiration.”
The Russian War Crimes House exhibition consists of photos and a video depicting Russian atrocities in Ukraine. It will be on display at the NATO headquarters from 6 to 15 July. The exhibition was previously shown in Davos during the World Economic Forum in May 2022. It is organised by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation.
Today’s opening ceremony was hosted by Ambassador Nataliia Galibarenko, the Head of the Mission of Ukraine to NATO. The Mayor of Melitopol, Ivan Fedorov, who was himself abducted in March for several days by the Russian forces, spoke in person of the destruction of Ukrainian lives, livelihoods and cities by the Russian invasion. The Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, Andrii Yermak, and the Ambassador-at-large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Anton Korynevych, addressed the audience remotely.
This week marks the 25th anniversary of the Charter on a Distinctive Partnership between NATO and Ukraine, which established the NATO-Ukraine Commission providing the framework for our cooperation. Since Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014, NATO Allies have equipped and trained tens of thousands of Ukrainian soldiers. Following Russia’s invasion earlier this year, Allies have stepped up with billions of dollars of weapons and other assistance to help Ukraine uphold its right to self-defence and prevail against Russian aggression.
Within the framework of the NATO Summit in Madrid, Ilia Darchiashvili has met with his Romanian counterpart
Georgia's European and Euro-Atlantic integration and the development of partnership between the two countries were the main topics of discussions between the Georgian Foreign Minister, Ilia Darchiashvili and the Romanian Foreign Minister, Bogdan Aurescu.
The meeting, which took place during the Prime Minister's visit to Madrid, focused on Georgia's efforts to become a full member of the European Union and Romania's support in this regard. The Romanian Foreign Minister welcomed the granting of a European perspective to Georgia, taking the country to a newer level of European integration.
Discussions focused on the steps taken by Georgia on the path to European integration and the progress on the strengthening democracy and the rule of law, protection of human rights, good governance and economic development were underlined.
Highlighting Georgia's NATO integration process, the sides referred to the strategic documents adopted at the summit and their importance in further advancing NATO-Georgia cooperation.
It was emphasized that Georgia is one of the Alliance’s most reliable partners making a huge contribution to strengthening the overall Euro-Atlantic security.
The sides also discussed the situation in the occupied territories of Georgia and the security challenges.
Bogdan Aurescu reaffirmed Romania's strong support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity. For his part, Ilia Darchiashvili thanked his Romanian counterpart for Romania’s political and practical assistance provided to Georgia. The Georgian delegation led by the Prime Minister is participating in the NATO Summit taking place in Madrid.
MFA of Georgia