NATO-GEORGIA JOINT NAVAL EXERCISE IN THE BLACK SEA
MIA Border Police Coast Guard and NATO Naval Unit ships conducted the joint naval exercise in the Black Sea.
BORDER POLICE LIEUTENANT COMPLETED A ONE-YEAR NAVY OFFICER’S COURSE AT THE BRITANNIA ROYAL NAVAL COLLEGE
Lieutenant Ruslan Dolidze, Senior Inspector of the Boarding Team of the MIA Border Police Coast Guard Department, successfully completed a one-year Navy Officer’s Course at the Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC).
The graduation ceremony, held in Dartmouth, was attended by Prince Charles, Prince of Wales.
From the Georgian side, the Director of the Border Police Coast Guard Department, CAPT Ramaz Papidze attended the graduation ceremony. CAPT Papidze congratulated the Coast Guard Officer on the successful completion of the course and wished him success in his career.
Within the framework of his visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Director of the Coast Guard Department held various working meetings. CAPT Papidze met with the Deputy Commander for NATO Maritime Command (MARCOM), Vice Admiral Didier Piaton, Commander of the Britannia Royal Naval College, CAPT Roger Readwin, and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Republic of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Sophie Katsarava.
David Zalkaliani has spoken over the phone with the NATO Deputy Secretary General, Mircea GeoanăOn 10 January, the Vice Prime Minister/Minister of Foreign Affairs, David Zalkaliani spoke over the phone with the NATO Deputy Secretary General, Mircea Geoană.
The conversation focused on the ongoing European security talks between Russia and NATO allies.
According to the NATO Deputy Secretary General, the Russian Federation’s proposals regarding the so-called "security guarantees" contain provisions that contradict the fundamental principles and values of NATO and any attempt of the third country to interfere in the foreign and security policy of the sovereign states is inadmissible.
The Deputy Secretary General reaffirmed the Alliance's unwavering support for the decision made at the Bucharest Summit that Georgia will become a member of NATO.
The sides agreed to continue active consultations through diplomatic channels and to coordinate their positions on the abovesaid issues.
Visit of the JFTC Commander of the NATO Joint Forces Training Center
The new Commander of the NATO Joint Training Center (JFTC), Major General Norbert Wagner, paid a working visit to Georgia. The purpose of the visit was to inform of the capabilities of the Georgian Defense Forces, especially, the future operation and cooperation plans of the NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Assessment Center (JTEC).
Major General Norbert Wagner hosted by NATO-Georgia Training and Evaluation Control Center (JTEC). During the visit, the NATO General had meetings with the Deputy Commander of the Defense Forces, Major General Zaza Chkhaidze and Brigadier General Irakli Chichinadze.
Heads of the Joint Defense Training and Assessment Center of the Defense Forces and NATO-Georgia thanked the JFTC Commander for the visit and support. At the meetings the main topics were the ongoing reforms in the Georgian Defense Forces, the development of the capabilities of the NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Assessment Center (JTEC) and increasing compatibility with NATO, as well as the organization of NATO-Georgia joint exercises planned for 2022 in Georgia.
During a three-day visit to Georgia, the Commander of the NATO Joint Training Center visited the Combat Training Center (CTC) in Vaziani. Major General Norbert Wagner also got acquainted with the interagency exercise "Didgori 21" on the territory of the General Military Center and visited the field component of the exercise in Vaziani.
JTEC has been working closely with the NATO Joint Training Center (JFTC) in Poland since 2017 under a mentoring program. Mentoring was aimed at preparing JTEC for the 2019 NATO-Georgia Exercise Oversight (ODE) role. In 2020, a partnership agreement was signed between JTEC and the NATO Joint Training Center (JFTC). The document promotes the development of JTEC as one of the full-fledged training centers affiliated with NATO.
Source: MOD of Georgia
JOINT EXERCISES HELD IN THE BLACK SEA WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF THE GEORGIAN COAST GUARD SHIPS AND THE USS ARLEIGH BURKE
The representatives of the MIA Border Police Coast Guard Department and the USS Arleigh Burke crew conducted joint exercises in the Black Sea.
Three Coast Guard ships OCHAMCHIRE (P23), SOKHUMI (P24) and DIOSKURIA (P25) participated in the exercise.
During the exercise, the ships performed tactical manoeuvres and worked together to improve various elements.
The purpose of the joint exercises was to share experiences between two naval units, improve the interaction between the crews and strengthen the MIA Border Police Coast Guard capabilities.
Source: MIA Border Police
Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the statement made by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs considers unacceptable the statement made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, according to which the Russian Federation "considers it necessary to disavow the 2008 Bucharest Summit decision - that Georgia and Ukraine will become NATO members".
On April 3, 2008, at the NATO Bucharest Summit the leaders of the NATO member states decided that Georgia (and Ukraine) will become a NATO member. The above-mentioned is an extremely important, consensus-based political decision in line with the fundamental principle of international law that all states have the sovereign right to choose their own foreign policy course. Moreover, this decision is based on Article 10 of the North Atlantic Treaty, according to which any European state, which will further the principles of the Treaty and contribute to the security of the North Atlantic area can become a member of NATO.
NATO integration is a sovereign decision of Georgia, based on the unwavering will of the majority of the Georgian population. This goal is also enshrined in the Constitution of Georgia.
It should be noted that the 2008 Bucharest Summit decision was reiterated at all consequent NATO summits held after 2008. Furthermore, NATO 2021 Brussels summit communiqué underscored that the Allies consider it unacceptable for any third party to interfere in the determination of the countries’ foreign policy priorities.
According to all above-mentioned, any statement made by a third party regarding the revision of the Bucharest Summit decision, which is contrary to the fundamental principles and norms of international law, is unacceptable for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
At the same time, it should be emphasized that today the main challenge of the European and Euro-Atlantic security architecture are the actions of the Russian Federation, which has occupied and annexed the territories of neighboring sovereign states, neglected the basic principles of international law and has not fulfilled its own international obligations.