Minister of Defence of Georgia Juansher Burchuladze hosted Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Georgia Kelly Degnan. The sides discussed the security environment in the region and the threats posed by Russia. MOD of Georgia announced it recently.
The sides focused on current issues and future plans for US-Georgia bilateral defence and security cooperation, including planned high-level visits and multinational military exercises.
During the visit of US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin to Georgia, a multi-year initiative about strengthening Georgia's defence and deterrence policy signed between the two countries' defence ministries was one of the main topics of discussion.
It was underlined that the progress made as a result of the implementation of the Georgian Defence Readiness Program (GDRP) formed the basis of the agreement, which aims to further modernize and develop the Ministry of Defence and the Defence Forces and supports the country's resilience and capabilities within total defence. The US Defene Attaché, Colonel Stephanie Begley attended the meeting.
The Chief of the Defence Staff of the Italian Armed Forces General Enzo Vecciarelli pays an official visit to Georgia. The Italian General met with the Minister of Defence of Georgia Juansher Burchuladze. At the meeting the Georgian Defence Minister extended gratefulness for Italy’s political support to Georgia’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and on the path to NATO integration. Georgia’s NATO and EU integration aspirations and active efforts of the defence segment of Italy towards development of Georgia’s defence capabilities and NATO standards were highlighted during the meeting. The sides talked about existing bilateral relations in defence sphere and future plans of cooperation.
After the meeting with the Defence Minister, General Enzo Vecciarelli was hosted by his Georgian counterpart, Major-General Giorgi Matiashvili. The colleagues discussed the ways of further boosting the existing bilateral defence relations at the tête-à-tête meeting that was followed by meeting attended by the leadership of the General Staff of the Georgian Defence Forces and Italian delegation. The sides discussed various activities in the framework of bilateral military cooperation, NATO-Georgia cooperation, joint participation in the large scale multinational exercises and other areas of cooperation. Georgia’s contribution to international security was underlined at the meeting. The sides expressed hope that existing close cooperation in defence sphere will strengthen further in the future.
Today, the Generals visited the Heros’ Square to pay tribute to the memory of the fallen heroes in fights for the territorial integrity of Georgia and laid a wreath at the memorial.
In the framework of the visit, the Italian delegation will also visit the NATO-Georgia Joint Trainings and Evaluation Center (JTEC).
Press Service of the MOD Georgia
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.
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.