The NATO Military Committee and its Chairman, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach will be in Tbilisi, Georgia on 27 and 28 March 2019.
As a show of support to its long-time partner, the NATO Military Committee will hold a meeting in the NATO-Georgia format chaired by the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Air Chief Marshal Peach and the Georgian Minister of Defence, Mr Levan Izoria. The opening remarks will be open to the media. The NATO Military Committee will receive an overview of the regional security situation, including the occupied regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and the Black Sea. The NATO Military Representatives will then be briefed on the ongoing implementation of the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package, the ongoing Georgian Reforms as well as the continuing Georgian contributions to NATO operations and exercises.
On the 28th of March, the NATO Military Committee will head to the Vaziani Military Base to receive a briefing from the Combat Training Centre and visit the Georgia Defence Readiness Programme, a bilateral programme designed, by the US, to improve Georgian troops’ combat readiness and develop a self-sustaining institutional capacity to man, train and equip their national missions.
The NATO Military Committee will then proceed to the Joint Training and Evaluation Centre to observe the “NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019”. This joint multinational brigade-level, Command Post exercise aims to further develop the interoperability of Georgian, Allied and Partner Forces, as well as Georgian command and control capabilities.
With regard to the implementation of Georgia Defence Readiness Programme (GDRP), Defence Ministry of Georgia and the United States European Command (EUCOM) concluded Memorandum of Understanding. Minister of Defence Levan Izoria and Director of Strategy and Policy for U.S. European Command Maj. Gen. David W. Allvin signed the MoU.
Minister Levan Izoria thanked the U.S.official for a vigorous cooperation with and support of Georgia and stressed the significance of the GDRP for the Armed Forces of Georgia.
According to Minister, the MoU envisages strengthening territorial defence capabilities of Georgia, especially in a military training area: “In cooperation with our U.S. partners, we plan to staff, equip and train 9 Georgian battalions to enhance the national defence capabilities and security of the country.
GDRP is being implemented within the Framework Agreement on Security singed between Ministry of Defence of Georgia and the U.S. Department of Defence for 2016-2019.
Prior to signing the Memorandum, Minister hosted Major General David Allvin personally. Chief of the General Staff of the GAF Major General Vladimer Chachibaia, First Deputy Minister of Defence Lela Chikovani, First Deputy Chief of the GS COL Nikoloz Janjgava as well as the Sergeant Major of the GAF Koba Tsirekidze attended the meeting.
Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic Martin Stropnický pays his first official visit to Georgia. Minister of Defence Levan Izoria is hosting his Czech counterpart.
The official welcoming ceremony was held in the Ministry of Defence during which the Military Orchestra of Georgian National Guard performed Georgian and Czech state anthems. After the greeting ceremony, the meeting between the defence ministers was led in an extended format.
The sides focused on deepening bilateral cooperation in the field of defence. Martin Stropnický reaffirmed that Czech Republic supports Georgia`s territorial integrity and Georgia`s Euro-Atlantic membership aspirations. He named Georgia as an important partner and appreciated Georgian troops` participation in international peacekeeping operations. Czech Defence Minister expressed hope of intensification of cooperation in the field of defence and remarked that Georgia, despite the current situation, is progressing successfully.
First Deputy Minister of Defence Lela Chikovani, Chief of the General Staff of the GAF Major-General Vladimer Chachibaia, First Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the GAF COL Nikoloz Janjgava as well as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Czech Republic to Georgia Tomáš Pernický, Military and Air Attaché of the Czech Republic LTC Štefan Grivalský and other officials attended the meeting.
After an official meeting, the MoD leadership made joint statements and summed up the discussed issues.
Before visiting the MoD, Martin Stropnický toured Heroes` Memorial at the Heroes` Square. He laid wreath on the Memorial to honour the memory of the fallen warriors.
The President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili has held a meeting with the Minister of Defence of Ukraine, Mr. Stepan Poltorak, as a part of his two-day official visit to Georgia.
The parties have discussed Georgia-Ukraine bilateral cooperation in the area of defense and the prospects of further strengthening these relations.
President Margvelashvili has reaffirmed his strong support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and pointed out that Georgia and Ukraine face similar threats and aggression from Russia and share common goals in the foreign policy.
According to the President, Georgia condemns aggressive and illegal actions taken by the Russian Federation in Ukraine and will continue to support Ukraine in all formats.
On behalf of the President of Ukraine, Mr. Poltorak has thanked President Margvelashvili for his personal contribution in supporting Ukraine at the international arena.
The conversation has also touched upon the preparation for the prospective visit of the President of Ukraine to Georgia, which will be held in the nearest future.
The meeting has also been attended by the Head of the Administration of the President of Georgia Mr. Giorgi Abashishvili, the Secretary of the National Security Council of Georgia Mr. Davit Rakviashvili, the Minister of Defence of Georgia Mr. Levan Izoria, the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Mr. Vladimer Chachibaia and the Secretary of the President of Georgia for Foreign Affairs Mr. Tengiz Pkhaladze.
Minister of Defence of Georgia continues her working visit to the United States of America. Tinatin Khidasheli participated in the panel discussion – “The Impact of Enlargement: Has NATO Provoked the Bear?” of the public conference "The Future of NATO Enlargement and New Frontiers in European Security" organized by the Atlantic Council of the United States of America (ACUS). The representatives of the US academic and expert circles attended the conference at the U.S. think tank.
“I think that this discussion and lots of discussions on this issue are too much concentrated on Russia or coming out of what Russia wants, or what we should be afraid of because Russia gets provoked. I think, this is where it gets fundamentally wrong,” Minister of Defence of Georgia opened her speech at the Atlantic Council. As she said, as long as we live in a world dominated by what Russia wants, or what are the Russia’s interests, the civilized world is going to be in trouble.
“It is not about NATO that upsets Russia, it’s not only NATO enlargement or NATO’s attempts to build in Georgia or support in Ukraine. The problem is much bigger - energy security that is so much talked in Europe nowadays, diversity in energy security. I think this is something that upsets Russia even more than 3, 5 million people joining NATO. Most of the troubles in Georgia are not because of decisions made up in Bucharest or any other summit of NATO, but this is exactly of location of Georgia on that energy diversity route that is making Russia out of the picture… I think the major philosophical mistake we are making here is that we base our policy on fear,” Tinatin Khidasheli said.
The meeting continued in the Q&A format, where foreign experts and analysts were given the opportunity to ask questions about NATO-Georgia relations, Georgian Armed Forces and Georgia’s foreign policy. Tomorrow Minister of Defence of Georgia will meet with General Denis Mercier, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation of NATO Allied Command Transformation.
Statement of Minister of Defence of Georgia:
First class Private of 32nd Infantry Battalion of III Infantry Brigade Lasha Dvalishvili was dismissed from the Georgian Armed Forces. Two months ago the victory and title of the World Champion gained by him in MMA and grampling admired all of us. Even a special reportage was prepared for better familiarizing the military to the society.
Any incidents and violence taking place in the country is an unfortunate fact especially when a military serviceman is involved in the incident. Ministry of Defence is not an organ laying a charge to anybody, as it is the competence of relevant authorities and the court . Though, Armed Forces have their own rules, discipline and normative fundament which is based on a firm discipline and high standards during military service.
The video material reflecting the incident having happened in Kortskheli gives us the ground to conclude that the military serviceman`s behavior opposed to the rules of conduct and the discipline established in the Armed Forces. Respectively, First Class Private Lasha Dvalishvili was dismissed from the Armed Forces under the Order of Chief of the General Staff. I want to state categorically that we will not allow anybody to damage the image of the army.
The Georgian army is the most reliable and firm pillar of the state. Professional and righteous people are serving in the army. Violence and infringement of others` dignity is incompatible with the Armed Forces. Any person, irrespective of his/her merit to the motherland, will be dismissed from the Armed Forces in case of misconduct.
My, as Defence Minister`s duty is to take care of the image and reputation of the Armed Forces of Georgia.
Giorgi Margvelashvili: Our Armed Forces are reinforcing the image of our country and the global security tooThursday, 05 May 2016 13:30
The President of Georgia H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili congratulated the Armed Forces on the occasion of the 25th anniversary.
The President of Georgia attended the ceremonial event held on the territory of the 4th Mechanized Brigade and addressed the representatives of Armed Forces.
“Twenty-five years ago, when we, once again gained the independence and started to restore our statehood, we made the main step forward – begun to create powerful Armed Forces.
This move was stipulated through historical logic, by which our state was coexisted, during the three thousand years.
During this centuries, the small country, which was among the Empires, exactly with its Armed Forces, and with its fighters could maintain its independence and identity.
You are the successor of this most important and heroic tradition, today.
Today, you have been continuing the struggle of those predecessors, who brought our country until the 21st century. Today, proudly you are doing it, following our troop professionalism and your qualifications, not only in Georgia, but also various spot around the world.
You are strengthening our country’s image, global stability and moving forward our nation.
On behalf of the Georgian people, I would like to thank you for this service. I would like to bow the head in front of the fighters, who are not standing here, today, but logically their service and their soul are here, will be here in future and will strengthen our homeland.
Georgian state, each of citizen is grateful for that they can work, contribute, build the country and move forward in those democratic reforms, which we are implemented, with regard to the service that you are serving.
On behalf of the each Georgian citizen and Georgian state, I would like to express gratitude for this service.
I believe, that your appeal, your ability, your bravery, this tradition which we always had will push forward Georgia in future.
God bless your service and Georgia”, - was stated by the President of Georgia H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili.
The Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia Mr. Davit Usupashvili, the Minister of Defence, Mrs. Tinatin Khidasheli, Chief of the General Staff of Georgian Armed Forces, Major-General Vakhtang Kapanadze, Secretary of the National Security Council, Ms. Irine Imerlishvili, the Head of the Administration of the President of Georgia Mr. Giorgi Abashishvili, the other representatives of Armed Forces and invited guests have also attended the ceremonial event dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Georgian Armed Forces.
Minister of Defence of Georgia made comment regarding the current developments in Nagorno-Karabakh in the interview with journalists.
“The main task of Georgia is to do everything to insure stability of the region and particularly for Georgia. Therefore we are appealing to the international community to make all the efforts to insure achieving decision on cease fire. This is the main task today being discussed at any negotiation table. I hope that the talks ongoing in different European cities will finish successfully. Besides that the information spread about the statements made by the U.S. Secretary of State and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation is promising. We all know well enough that such conflicts are frequently resolved through a dialogue. Maintaining of regional stability is extremely important for Georgia and this is our key task by this moment”, said Defence Minister.
Minister of Defence of Georgia Tinatin Khidasheli hosted the Member of Romanian Parliament, Chairman of the European Affairs Committee Ana Birchall. At the meeting the sides discussed bilateral cooperation issues between Georgia and Romania. Tinatin Khidashli thanked the Romanian MP for the support of Romania towards Georgia in various fields.
The Romanian side reaffirmed support for Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty and reconfirmed to support Georgia’s NATO integration aspirations at the Warsaw Summit in 2016.
H.E. Dumitru Badea, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Romania to Georgia also attended the meeting.