“I don’t support Georgia to become the member of NATO with these conditions,”-this statement was made by the ruling party member, Tamaz Mechiauri. According to him, nobody will accept us in alliance if we say no to Abkhazia and the so-called South Ossetia.
On the question exactly who requests this from Georgia, Mechiauri said that “it says all.” As he noted, all the NATO members think that we demand the so-called South Ossetia and Abkhazia from NATO: “This means that NATO should begin war against Russia. Which country is ready for this?”-Mechiauri said.
US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has said that NATO is considering deploying some 4,000 troops on a rotating basis to strengthen the alliance’s eastern flank, according to Polish Radio.
Carter said a final decision was to be made at a July NATO summit in Warsaw, Polish Radio reported. His comments confirm an earlier report in the Wall Street Journal. The paper quoted Western officials as saying that the US will probably supply two battalions, while another two will be provided by Germany and Britain respectively. The troops are to be stationed on a rotational basis in the Baltic countries and probably in Poland, according to Polish radio. Carter was speaking to journalists aboard a flight from Washington to Stuttgart, Germany. The Wall Street Journal quoted Robert Work, the US Deputy Secretary of Defense, as saying said that the “buildup was a response to more Russian activity around the Baltics – Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia – where tensions have been rising.” US media reported that the plan to send 4,000 troops to the Baltic states and Poland is separate from an earlier plan to deploy a 4,200-strong American armoured brigade to Eastern Europe.
NATO continues supporting Georgia, the country which has still been pressured by Russian Federation- this statement was made by the Deputy Secretary General of NATO. As Alexander Vershbow said, poses threats for its neighbor countries.
“The secret engagement of the Kremlin in Georgia’s and Moldova’s ‘frozen’ conflicts causes the threat of continuation of instability. NATO uses a whole set of instruments in terms of cooperation with its partners. NATO helps Georgia and Ukraine,”-he said.
Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Albania’s strong commitment to NATO in a visit to Tirana on Thursday (10 December 2015). After talks with Prime Minister Edi Rama, Mr. Stoltenberg thanked Albania for its continued contributions to the Alliance’s missions in Afghanistan and Kosovo, and for its efforts to build the defence capabilities of NATO partners Georgia and Ukraine. Highlighting Albania’s key role in the Western Balkans, the Secretary General added that Tirana’s cooperation with its neighbours makes “a valuable contribution to the security across the region.”
The Secretary General praised Albania’s support for NATO’s Open Door policy and the integration of the Western Balkans into the Euro-Atlantic family. He noted that the Alliance’s decision to start accession talks with Montenegro reflects NATO’s commitment to keep its door open. “It reflects our commitment to stability in the Western Balkans, and our commitment to complete our vision of a Europe, whole, free and at peace,” he said.
“Our security is being challenged from many different directions, and NATO is responding,” Mr. Stoltenberg said. He underlined that the Alliance is increasing the readiness of its forces, and working to provide more support for partners to the east and to the south.
Mr. Stoltenberg welcomed Albania’s contributions to the Global Coalition against ISIL, noting that all Allies play a role. He stressed that “this is not a conflict between Islam and the West; this a conflict between extremism and open societies. And we need to stand up for our values.”
During his visit to Tirana, the Secretary General is also meeting with President Bujar Nishani, Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati, and Defence Minister Mimi Kodheli.