Comment of the Georgian Foreign Minister on the results of the meeting of the North Atlantic Council at the level of NATO Defence Ministers

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Thursday, 27 October 2016 15:55

Comment of the Georgian Foreign Minister, Mikheil Janelidze on the results o fthe meeting of the North Atlantic Council at the level of NATO Defence Ministers.
We welcome the readiness of NATO to actively work towards implementation of the Warsaw Summit decisions. Yesterday, the NATO Defence Ministers, met for the first time since the Summit to discuss the issues and measures related to the implementation of the Warsaw decisions.
At the Warsaw Summit, the Alliance made a decision to enhance its military presence in the eastern part of the Alliance and in the Black Sea region, as well as to project stability beyond its borders and assist the partner and aspirant countries, including Georgia, in strengthening their defensive capabilities and resilience.
We welcome NATO’s increased presence and activities in the Eastern Europe and particularly in the Black Sea region.Georgia as an aspirant country supports the Allied efforts to strengthen shared Euro-Atlantic security.
Security of the Black Sea region is the integral part of the Euro-Atlantic Security. It is important that the Alliance has started to take specific steps to bolster security in the Black Sea region. It should be emphasized that Georgia, in its respective formats, participates in the NATO discussions regarding the Black Sea security. 
We welcome that NATO will not only increase its presence and activities in the Black Sea region, but will also support the efforts of the littoral countries aimed at ensuring security and stability in the region. In this context, the Alliance will strengthen cooperation with Georgia in accordance to the Warsaw Summit decisions.
 
Georgia is committed to continue its contribution to the security of the Euro-Atlantic area, and of the Black Sea region as its integral part.

NATO Defence Ministers are meeting in Brussels

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Wednesday, 26 October 2016 11:45

NATO Defence Ministers are meeting in Brussels over the next two days (26-27 October 2016) to take forward decisions made at the Warsaw Summit in July. Today, ministers will mark progress in plans for a strengthened NATO presence in the eastern part of the Alliance, and in the Black Sea region. They will also discuss Russia’s recent military activity along NATO’s borders.
Later today, ministers will focus on NATO’s efforts to project stability beyond its borders. They will review progress on NATO training and capacity building for Iraq. Ministers will also consider the future of the Alliance’s deployment in the Aegean Sea and consider a possible maritime role for NATO in the Central Mediterranean, which could support the EU’s Operation Sophia.

NATO steps up efforts to project stability beyond its borders

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Wednesday, 15 June 2016 16:50

NATO Defence Ministers agreed on Wednesday (15 June 2016) to do more to project stability beyond the Alliance’s borders. “Today, we decided that we will develop a recommendation for NATO training and capacity building in Iraq. Our aim is to reach agreement at the Warsaw Summit,” said the Secretary General. He underlined that this initiative will complement NATO training of Iraqi officers in Jordan.
Ministers also considered providing direct support to the Counter-ISIL Coalition with AWACS surveillance aircraft. NATO’s military authorities have now been tasked to provide advice. Turning to maritime activities, ministers discussed NATO’s deployment in the Aegean Sea. “This deployment has helped make a difference and it continues to be effective,”said the Secretary General.
Mr. Stoltenberg noted that NATO is working to convert Operation Active Endeavour into a broader maritime security operation, encompassing tasks such as supporting situational awareness, countering terrorism and contributing to capacity building. “This would create the right platform for a possible NATO role in the Central Mediterranean. And could support the EU’s Operation Sophia, building on our successful cooperation with the EU in the Aegean. Our military authorities will soon make recommendations on this,” said Mr. Stoltenberg.
The Secretary General welcomed the adoption of the UN resolution on the Libyan arms embargo, noting that NATO Military Authorities will take this into consideration when providing advice on the transformation of Operation Active Endeavour. He also highlighted that NATO continues to work with partners in the Middle East and North Africa. The Alliance is supporting Tunisia in areas such as counter-terrorism, special operation and border security, and working with Jordan on cyber defence and countering roadside bombs. Mr. Stoltenberg added that NATO is committed to do more to support partners,“because when our neighbors are stable, we are more secure.”

NATO Defence Ministers to pave the way for decisions at the Warsaw Summit

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Monday, 13 June 2016 15:49

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg briefed media on Monday (13 June 2016) on the agenda of this week’s meetings of NATO Defence Ministers. “Over the next two days, we will take a series of important decisions to strengthen our collective defence and enhance our cooperation with partners,” said Mr. Stoltenberg. He stressed that these decisions will pave the way for the Warsaw Summit in July.
We will agree to deploy by rotation four robust multinational battalions in the Baltic states and in Poland,” said the Secretary General. He underlined that these battalions are part of a much bigger shift in NATO’s defence and deterrence posture, including a larger NATO Response Force, a new Spearhead Force and 8 new small headquarters in the eastern part of the Alliance. “All together this strikes the right balance between a greater ability to reinforce, and boost our forward presence,” he added.
NATO has also taken action to ensure that Allied troops can move faster across Europe, for exercises or reinforcements, if needed. “Last month, the Spearhead Force conducted an exercise which showed how far we have come. One thousand troops and four hundred military vehicles moved from Spain to Poland within four days,” said Mr. Stoltenberg. He stressed that NATO will continue to work to improve freedom of movement for Allied troops and equipment, because speed can make the difference when a crisis emerges.
The Secretary General underscored that Allies must spend more on defence to sustain this shift in NATO’s defence posture. He highlighted that, following a long decline in defence spending, 2015 was the first year after many when the Alliance registered a small increase in defence spending. “Our estimates for 2016 show a further increase,” said Mr. Stoltenberg. The annual real change stands at around 1.5 percent, an increase of over 3 billion dollars, with twenty Allies planning to spend more on defence in real terms this year. “So this is real progress. After many years of going in the wrong direction, we are starting to go into the right direction,” he said.
This week, Defence Ministers will also discuss how NATO can expand its efforts to project stability beyond its borders, strengthening local forces in the fight against terrorism. “We will also consider providing AWACS surveillance planes to support the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL,” said the Secretary General. He added that ministers will assess what more NATO can do in the wider Mediterranean Sea, for instance in support of the European Union’s Operation Sophia.
On Tuesday, Ministers will discuss the future of cooperation between NATO and the European Union, together with High Representative Mogherini and Ministers from Finland and Sweden. Mr. Stoltenberg noted that ministers will also explore additional assistance for Ukraine and Georgia. “On Wednesday, we will meet the Ukrainian Defence Minister in the NATO-Ukraine Commission. We are concerned about the security situation, amid continued ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine,” said Mr. Stoltenberg.

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