Georgia Defence and Security Conference

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Tuesday, 05 November 2019 11:05

Ministry of Defence of Georgia will host the 13th annual Georgia Defence and Security Conference (GDSC) on November 6-7 in Batumi, Hotel Hilton.

Over the past thirteen years, Georgia Defence and Security Conference has developed into a unique forum in the region, where key topics related to Euro-Atlantic security and regional stability are addressed by senior Georgian and foreign policy-makers, experts, representatives of non-governmental organizations, media and academic circles.

This year the GDSC will spotlight four interactive themes. The first panel will focus on discussions of the security environment in the Black Sea Region. During the second panel - Georgia on the Right Track- for the NATO and EU Membership – the panelists will share their views about Georgia’s path towards NATO membership. The third panel will be dedicated to discussions of hybrid tactics and hybrid threats and the last one – “Georgia’s Strategic Readiness: From Words to Action”.

For additional information, please, visit the official web-site of the Georgia Defence and Security Conference: http://gdsc.mod.gov.ge/

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The conference is open for media. Media representatives interested in covering the GDSC should apply the Ministry of Defense of Georgia for accreditation from October 28th to November 4th. Accreditation cards will be issued before the official opening of the event. For accreditation, please send the data requested below to the e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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David Zalkaliani has met with the Special Envoy of the Global Engagement Center

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Friday, 01 November 2019 10:21
Within the framework of the NATO Georgia Public Diplomacy Forum held in Tbilisi, on 30 October 2019, the Georgian Foreign Minister, David Zalkaliani met with the U.S. Department of States Special Envoy and Coordinator of the Global Engagement Center, Lea Gabrielle. 
 
The parties highlighted the importance of the U.S.–Georgia Strategic Partnership, which has reached an all-time high, to which attests the exchange of high- and highest-level visits, dynamic cooperation in the areas of defense and security, as well as the approval of e Georgia Support Act by the House of Representative.
 
Paying special attention to the Russia-led ongoing occupation, creeping annexation and illegal borderization process and the human rights violations in the occupied regions, Zalkaliani underscored the urgent need to combat Russian disinformation and propaganda campaigns designed to trigger anti-western sentiments among the Georgian population and skepticism about Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic integration prospects. He said that Georgia is in need of help from the U.S. and its western partners to combat the occupation and the anti-western campaign.


According to Lea Gabrielle, the U.S.  highly appreciates strategic partnership with Georgia and is committed to make this cooperation even more diverse. She said that the U.S. unequivocally supports Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as its European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations and condemns Russia’s illegal occupation of the Georgian territories. Besides, Lea Gabrielle confirmed that the U.S. is ready to share with Georgia its experience.

The North Atlantic Council (NAC) will pay a visit to Georgia

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Wednesday, 02 October 2019 16:24
The North Atlantic Council (NAC) will pay a visit to Georgia on 3 and 4 October 2019, at the invitation of the Government of Georgia. Deputy Secretary General of NATO Rose Gottemoeller will head the delegation comprised of Permanent Representatives of the 29 Member States of the Alliance.
 
Within the framework of the visit, the NATO-Georgia Commission will hold a meeting  chaired by the Prime Minister of Georgia and the Deputy Secretary General of NATO.
 
The North Atlantic Committee and the Deputy Secretary General of NATO, for her part, will hold bilateral meetings with the President of Georgia, Prime Minister, Chairman and members of the Parliament, officials of the Georgian Government. Meetings will be conducted with representatives of the non-governmental sector. The North Atlantic Council will visit two Georgian coast guard vessels in the Batumi Port. On the sidelines of the visit, the Deputy Secretary General of NATO will deliver a lecture at the Batumi State University that is highly important in terms of increasing awareness and involvement of our students, young generation. Chairman of the Ajara Government will also speak before the attending audience.
 
The NAC pays its fifth visit to Georgia, which is unprecedented in the history of Georgia’s cooperation with the Council’s partner countries and a clear evidence of successively increasing level of relations and intense cooperation between Georgia and the Alliance.
 
Georgia, as one of the most devoted and interoperable partners of NATO attaches paramount importance to this visit of the North Atlantic Council and its unconditional political support for Georgia’s membership of the Alliance that provides yet another proof of the irreversibility of Georgia’s NATO integration process.
 
The North Atlantic Council (NAC) is the principal political decision-making body within NATO. Therefore, it is important that its members arrive in Georgia in person, to see for themselves Georgia’s progress in strengthening defence capabilities, as well as in successfully delivering democratic reforms.
 
In the margins of the visit, discussions will focus on all issues relating to Georgia’s membership of the Alliance with special accent on the political dialogue between NATO and Georgia and on the need to further deepen the practical cooperation, including in terms of strengthening Black Sea Security.
 
The NAC’s fifth visit will also serve as an important signal to our society. The increasing number of the North Atlantic Council’s visits clearly indicate that there are special links of cooperation between the Alliance and Georgia.
 
The NAC’s visit, which is held prior to the Summit of NATO Heads of State and Government scheduled for December clearly shows that Georgia as a NATO aspirant country is high on the Alliance’s agenda and is a valuable and reliable partner of NATO.
 
The North Atlantic Council (NAC) is the principal political decision-making body within NATO chaired by the NATO Secretary General. It brings together representatives of each member country to discuss policy or operational questions.

This visit serves as a powerful signal of the Alliance’s political support for Georgia.

Multinational Exercise Agile Spirit 2019 Launches

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Tuesday, 30 July 2019 11:08

“The multinational exercise fully responses the policy stated by our country, that is – More NATO to Georgia and More Georgia to NATO. Agile Spirit 2019 is one of the most large-scale exercises hosted by Georgia. This training is one more demonstration of Georgia’s way to NATO,” – Chief of General Staff of the Georgian Defense Forces, Lieutenant General Vladimer Chachibaia opened the multinational exercise Agile Spirit 2019 with these words in Senaki. 

Commander General of the Georgia Army National Guard, Brigadier General Randall Simmons addressed to the military servicemen participating in the international exercise on the drill ground of II infantry Brigade, Senaki. “Georgia is a key US strategic partner and integral member of the alliances we all share. Agile Spirit is much more than just a US and Georgian event. There are 14 total nations represented here with over 3 000 troops participating. Your presence here demonstrates your country’s resolve to support peace and stability in this region and the world,” - stated US General.   

Agile Spirit 2019 is being held in Georgia from July 27 through August 9 for the ninth time. This time the exercise will be held on three locations – II Infantry Brigade in Senaki, Orpolo and Vaziani fire ranges. More than 3000 military servicemen of NATO member and partner countries will participate in Agile Spirit 2019.  The following 14 countries are engaged in the exercise: Georgia, USA, UK, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Norway, Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece, Montenegro, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine. 

Agile Spirit 2019 is aimed to enhance interoperability, train and improve operational capabilities of exercise participants during planning and execution of operations in real time within multinational environment; as well as making contribution in maintaining stable and secure environment over the Black Sea region. 

The scenario of the combined multinational exercise includes command, staff and field trainings with live fire, engagement of maneuver and combat support elements in defensive and offensive operations.  

Multinational Exercise Agile Spirit 2019

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Monday, 22 July 2019 12:54

From July 27 through August 9, Georgia will host the most large-scale multinational military exercise Agile Spirit 2019. The exercise will officially be opened at II Infantry Brigade in Senaki on July 27.

Agile Spirit 2019 is being conducted in Georgia for the ninth time and is aimed to enhance interoperability, train and improve operational capabilities of exercise participants during planning and execution of operations in real time within multinational environment; as well as making contribution in maintaining stable and secure environment over the Black Sea region. That’s why the main message of the Agile Spirit 2019 is - “Strength through Partnership”.

This time the exercise will be held on three locations – II Infantry Brigade in Senaki, Orpolo and Vaziani fire ranges. More than 3000 military servicemen of NATO member and partner countries will participate in Agile Spirit 2019.  The following 14 countries are engaged in the exercise: Georgia, USA, UK, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Norway, Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece, Montenegro, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine.

The scenario of the combined multinational exercise includes command, staff and field trainings with live fire, engagement of maneuver and combat support elements in defensive and offensive operations.  

Media representatives interested in covering the above-mentioned multinational exercise should apply for accreditation at the Ministry of Defense of Georgia starting from July 20 and ending on July 25 at 18:00 local time.  Separate accreditation cards will be issued before each of the events.

For accreditation, please send the data requested below to the e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019 Closing Ceremony

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Wednesday, 01 May 2019 13:11

29 March, 2019 - The closing ceremony was held at the NATO-Georgia Joint-Training and Evaluation Center (JTEC). First Deputy Chief of the Defence Forces Colonel Nikoloz Janjgava, the U.S. Army Lieutenant General John C. Thomson III and Deputy Commander/Chief of Staff of the NATO Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) Brigadier General Ladislav Jung attended the ceremony. 

During the ceremony, First Deputy Chief of the Defence Forces congratulated the exercise participants on the successful accomplishment of the exercise and outlined that the exercise was an excellent example of the productive cooperation. 

“We all worked hard to make this remarkable event happen. We are able to conclude that the Exercise fulfilled its objectives which are, among others, to enhance our capabilities and improve our interoperability with the Allied staffs.”- stated Colonel Nikoloz Janjgava. 

In his address, Lieutenant General Thomson congratulated the exercise participants on their successful accomplishment, and thanked the Georgian soldiers for their teamwork and collective efforts. Additionally, Lieutenant General Thomson stated that: “The successful conclusion of an exercise that has made us stronger. History teaches us that strength deters aggression.” 

The official closing ceremony of the exercise concluded with an award ceremony. First Deputy Chief of the Defence Forces Colonel Janjgava and Lieutenant General Thomson presented certificates to the participants. 

“NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019”  (Computer Assisted/Command Post Exercise - CAX/CPX), held from 18-29 March, 2019 at the NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Centre (JTEC) at National Centre “Krtsanisi” and involved around 350 personnel. “NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019” was the first NATO multinational brigade-level command post exercise conducted and led by the Georgian Defence Forces. 

This exercise was designed to train a Georgian-led multinational brigade headquarters staff to plan, coordinate and execute scenario-based military responses to humanitarian crises. It was also testing the interoperability of Georgian, Allied and Partner Forces, as well as Georgian command and control capabilities. Additionally, it tested the ability to adopt a comprehensive approach to a non-article 5 crisis response, involving civil-military cooperation with international organizations and non-governmental organizations. Humanitarian bodies like the inter-governmental organizations: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) - were represented during the exercise, providing direct feedback and mentorship to exercise participants. 

This was the second NATO-Georgia Exercise to take place through the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package (SNGP) framework - a set of 15 defence capacity building Initiatives agreed between Georgia and NATO at the Wales Summit in 2014, and reinforced at the Warsaw Summit in 2016. The first NATO-Georgia Exercise was conducted in 2016 involving 15 NATO allied and partner nations. 

“NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019” was scheduled by NATO Allied Command Transformation, conducted by the Georgian General Staff with mentoring from NATO Allied Land Command. It was directed by the NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Center, and mentored by the NATO Joint Force Training Centre. 

This exercise was comprised of 21 Allied Nations (Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States) and 3 Partner Nations (Azerbaijan, Georgia as the Host Nation and Sweden).

The USS Ross Visits Batumi Port

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Monday, 22 April 2019 17:00

The United States Ship (USS) Ross (DDG 71) arrives in Batumi for a port visit on April 21. The visit serves to highlight the continued cooperation between the U.S. and Georgia by promoting regional peace and stability. This will be the ship’s first visit to Georgia.

USS Ross is an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer of the United States Navy. The ship is capable of conducting exercises and operations in areas such as anti-submarine warfare and ballistic missile defense. While on patrol, the USS Ross will engage with NATO Allies and partners to reaffirm the United States’ commitment to strengthening ties, and to promote peace and stability in the region.

The port visit also provides American sailors an opportunity to explore local historical sites and build lasting partnerships with their Georgian Coast Guard counterparts. In addition to tours of the ship, sailors from the USS Ross will play a friendly soccer match with the Georgian Coast Guard, a basketball game with Maritime Academy students, and will meet with local youth at American Corner in Batumi.

“Our allies in the Black Sea continue to play a key role in maintaining security in the European theater,” CDR Dave Coles, commanding officer of Ross, said. “The crew and I look forward to enhancing our interoperability in a dynamic environment as well as experiencing the rich history and culture in this region.”

The U.S. Navy routinely operates ships in the Black Sea consistent with the Montreux Convention and International Law.

The USS Ross is commanded by CDR David Coles. The ship’s dimensions are as follows: length 505 ft (154 m), beam 66ft (20m), draft 31ft (9.4m).

The USS Ross, forward-deployed at Naval Station Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.

Irakli Sesiashvili - USA is the special strategic partner to Georgia and the locomotive in EU and NATO integration

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019 13:13

The Chair of the Defense and Security Committee, Irakli Sesiashvili and the Deputy Chairs Irakli Beraia, Irakli Abesadze and Koba Kobaladze met with the US Congress Delegation members.

According to I. Sesiashvili, USA is the special strategic partner to Georgia and the locomotive in EU and NATO integration.

We enjoy the full political conformity in terms of peace, stability and security in the region and in Georgia. We are grateful for political and practical support in defense and security sphere. On daily basis, US representatives and experts are engaged in defense capacity of our country, including by means of the financial support”.

Acquisition of the military equipment conditioning increased defense capacity of our country was achieved with US support.

I mean the anti-tank systems. We also want to acquire the anti-air systems and training for our soldiers. We have the military readiness program backed by US partners to train 24000 military-men”. And full political support especially evident in recent years from USA to Georgia is paramount: “We expect this partnership to be further enhanced”, - he noted.

Prime Minister and NATO Secretary General Attend NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019

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Wednesday, 27 March 2019 12:31

Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg attend the NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019 today.

The Head of Government and the NATO Secretary General visited the NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Center (JTEC) where Colonel Nikoloz Janjghava, the First Deputy Chief of the Defense Forces of Georgia, informed them in detail about the progress in the exercise.

Mamuka Bakhtadze and Jens Stoltenberg also visited the multinational brigade and attended an introductory briefing on the purposes and goals of the training audience.

The Prime Minister of Georgia and the NATO Secretary General also met with armed forces members wounded and injured in international missions, and thanked them for their selfless service.

The Command and Staff Exercise hosted by JTEC on March 18-29 brings together almost 350 armed forces members and civilians. The NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019 is the first joint brigade-level command and staff exercise carried out under the leadership of Georgia's Defense Forces. The exercise seeks to enhance the interoperability between the Georgian, NATO, and partner countries' armed forces, and to expand Georgia's command and control capabilities.

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The NATO Military Committee to visit Georgia

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Monday, 25 March 2019 17:21

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.

 

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