NATO Military Committee visits JTEC

Published in military
Friday, 03 March 2017 16:15
NATO Military Committee continues an official visit to Georgia arriving at the Joint Training and Evaluation Centre (JTEC). Chairman of MC General Petr Pavel is leading the delegation of senior NATO military representatives. Chief of the General Staff of the GAF Brigadier General Vladiemer Chachibaia hosted the NATO representatives in JTEC. Before starting the working part of the visit, on behalf of Military Committee, General Petr Pavel laid the wreath on the memorial of heroes fallen in peacekeeping operations. The leaders of JTEC projects COL Grigol Chelidze and LTC Marius Nilsen offered the presentation about the Centre activity to the MC Chairman and military representatives. From the Georgian side, First Deputy Chief of the General Staff COL Nikoloz Janjgava, Head of the Georgian Mission to NATO Aleksandre Maisuradze, Georgia`s Military Representative to NATO Major General Vakhtang Kapanadze and JTEC project leader COL Grigol Chelidze greeted the visitors in the JTEC. At the end of the visit in JTEC, the NATO delegation members attended the pre-deployment demonstrative training of the Resolute Support Mission to Afghanistan. “Bravo” Company of 12th Battalion of I Infantry Brigade of the GAF fulfilled a motorized patrol operation. According to the training scenario, on detecting the threat, the military servicemen decided to inspect the territory dismounted from vehicles. The military unit after appearing in an unexpected ambush responded to a direct fire. After neutralizing the threat, the wounded military servicemen were evacuated.

Defence Minister met with Chairman of NATO Military Committee

Published in military
Friday, 03 March 2017 15:52
The ongoing reform process in the field of defence, the progress achieved in defence transformation and the tasks to be implemented in future were the key topics Minister of Defence of Georgia highlighted during the meeting with Chairman of NATO Military Committee General Petr Pavel. In the framework of two-day visit of the NATO MS delegation, General Petr Pavel held the first meeting in Ministry of Defence attended by First Deputy Minister Lela Chikovani, Chief of the GS of the GAF Brigadier General Vladimer Chachibaia and Head of the Georgian Mission to NATO Aleksandre Maisuradze. Security situation and challenges faced by Georgia, its engagement in the context of Black Sea security were focused on during discussions. As Defence Minister underlined, Georgia is the most interoperable and reliable partner of NATO in the region providing a significant contribution to the Euro-Atlantic and international security operations. The sides also stressed importance of NATO-Georgia cooperation mechanisms and Substantial NATO-Georgia Package implementation. Minister Levan Izoria thanked NATO MS Chairman for significant practical assistance provided by NATO nations promoting enhancement of defence capabilities of the GAF and NATO interoperability According to Minister, senior military authority of NATO conducted the meeting in Georgia for the second time in Georgia`s history which is a visible demonstration for its unwavering support towards Georgia`s sovereignty, territorial integrity and Euro-Atlantic aspirations. The meeting with General Petr Pavel and senior NATO military representatives continued in an extended format. After the meeting, Minister and Chairman of NATO Military Committee held a press-conference with media representatives and answered the questions around NATO-Georgia cooperation and future plans of partnership.

Media Advisory & Accreditation NATO Military Committee Visit to Georgia March 2-3, 2017

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Thursday, 23 February 2017 17:30

On March 2-3, NATO Military Committee (MC) will visit Georgia. Chairman of MC, General Petr Pavel will lead the 28 senior NATO Military Representatives, accompanied by the Montenegrin Military Representative, to Georgia. Chief of General Staff of the Georgian Armed Forces, Brigadier General Vladimer Chachibaia will host the high-level military representatives.
The Military Committee is the senior military authority in NATO and the oldest permanent body in NATO after the North Atlantic Council, both having been formed months after the Alliance came into being. It is the primary source of military advice to NATO’s civilian decision-making bodies – the North Atlantic Council and the Nuclear Planning Group.
NATO Military Committee is visiting Georgia for the second time. NATO Military Committee’s visit to Georgia is a strong message from the Alliance who continues to support Georgia’s integration and its efforts towards membership to NATO. It is also another demonstration of NATO-Georgia intensive and successful cooperation. This visit is a unique opportunity to discuss military issues, progress in GAF’s transformation, get first hand impression on the ground and further NATO-Georgia relations at the highest level.
The Military Committee visit follows high level events last year including the North Atlantic Council visit in September and the successful conduct of the second NATO Georgia Exercise in October. The most recent NATO-Georgia Commission was held at the Defence Ministers meeting this February, where Ministers discussed the regional security situation and increased measures in the Black Sea. The NATO Parliamentary Assembly will be held in Georgia in May 2017
Within the framework of the two-day long visit to Georgia, Chairman of NATO Military Committee, General Petr Pavel will hold tete-a-tete meetings with President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili, Prime-Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Defense Minister Levan Izoria and Chief of General Staff of the GAF, Brigadier General Vladimer Chachibaia. The Military Committee in Permanent Session meeting with the participation of Georgia will be held in the hotel “Radisson Blu Iveria”. During the visit, NATO Military Representatives will also visit NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Center (JTEC) to attend pre-deployment training of the Georgian military unit to “Resolute Support” mission in Afghanistan. The Chairman accompanied by the Military Committee will also participate in wreath laying ceremonies to pay their respects to those who have paid the ultimate price defending peace and freedom. The NATO Military Representatives will also have the opportunity to visit Davit Agmashenebeli National Defense Academy.
Media representatives interested in covering the events scheduled within the framework of  NATO Military Committee Visit to Georgia can request  accreditation at the Defence Ministry of Georgia from February 23 including February 28 up to 13:00. The accreditation cards will be issued from March 2 until the beginning of the event/visit.

NATO is ready to protect its members-William Lahue

Published in Politics
Thursday, 23 February 2017 15:25

“Russia annexed Ukraine through military aggression. Moscow supports the separatist forces in eastern Ukraine. Kremlin violated the borders of a sovereign state,”-this statement was made by the head of the NATO mission in Georgia. William Lahue called it the main challenge of NATO.
As he said, Russia has aggressive rhetoric with its neighboring Alliance member states. According to him, NATO is ready to protect its members from any type of aggressive military action


Published in Politics
Tuesday, 24 January 2017 10:36

Former Prime Minister of France, presidential candidate of the country Francois Fillon has declared that Ukraine and Georgia have no place in NATO and the European Union. He told this in an interview with French newspaper Le Monde, reports RIA Novosti
“I will remind you about the irresponsible statements of those who wanted the entry of Georgia and Ukraine in NATO. You just need to admit that Ukraine and Georgia are not designed to enter the EU and NATO,” said French ex-Prime Minister.
Fillon has criticized Western countries for waging an aggressive policy against Russia, he noted that Russia has a lot of responsibility, but not by her. According to him, the military competition with Moscow is a big mistake. He also called the false question of missile defense near the Russian borders.
“Is it always the West has been a reliable partner? Isn’t he deceived Russia on Libya, in Kosovo, for economic partnership with the EU? Why did we need to deploy missile defenses near the Russian border? We made a lot of mistakes,” said Fillon.
Earlier the candidate in presidents of France Francois Fillon has declared that relations with Russia – a strategic issue for Europe’s future. According to Fillon, the issue of restoration of relations with Moscow is very important for Europe, and for this repair it is necessary to solve the Ukrainian question and to respect the Minsk agreement.

Kremlin agrees with US President-elect Donald Trump on the fact that NATO has lost its relevance, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.

Published in World
Monday, 16 January 2017 17:11

The Kremlin agrees with US President-elect Donald Trump that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has outlived its usefulness, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.
Trump called NATO "obsolete" in a Sunday interview with The Times and Bild, citing its age, the member-countries' inefficient contributions and its lack of success in defeating terrorism.
"Because it is honed on confrontation, and the entire structure is dedicated to the ideals of confrontation, then of course it can hardly be called a modern structure that meets the ideas of stability, sustainable development and security," Peskov stressed.

The possibility of exchanging high-level visits was discussed during the meeting with the Bulgarian Ambassador to Georgia

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 20 December 2016 12:10

Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze held a meeting with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria to Georgia Dessislava Ivanova.
On the occasion of his re-appointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Bulgarian Ambassador to Georgia handed to Mikheil Janelidze a congratulation letter by his Bulgarian counterpart, Daniel Mitov.
Discussions focused on the close political co-operation between the two countries. The Bulgarian Embassy to Georgia will act as a contact point with NATO during the years from 2017 to 2019, and hence, the sides discussed the issues relating to future co-operation in this area.
The increasing potential of economic co-operation between Bulgaria and Georgia was also highlighted during the meeting. Special mention was made of the important transit role of the two countries and their participation in the development of the Asia-Europe transport corridor. At the end of the meeting the sides spoke about the importance of exchanging high-level visits.

NATO chief in Ukraine: Kyiv has set very ambitious goal

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Tuesday, 29 November 2016 11:59

The head of NATO’s mission to Ukraine says that in seeking to adopt the standards of the US-led military alliance by 2020, Kyiv has set itself “a very ambitious goal,” which will involve “a fundamental change in mindsets.”
In an interview with the Kyiv Post, Alexander Vinnikov said the NATO allies want Ukraine “to become a success story,” but says the nation “should make full use of the current window of opportunity to make tangible progress.”
Since Russia launched its war on Ukraine in the Donbas in the spring of 2014, with armed groups supported by Moscow and backed by Russian troops taking over parts of Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts, the need for sweeping change within Ukraine’s armed forces came into sharp focus.
With Ukraine only able to field around 6,000 combat-ready troops at the onset of the war, a massive volunteer effort came to the rescue and is credited with saving the country in the face of the Kremlin’s aggression. But in the wake of bloody battles and long casualty lists at Ilovaisk, Donetsk airport and Debaltseve, the need for deep reform and modernization away from Soviet-era military standards became undeniable.
After the Ukrainian military’s shortcomings in logistics, manpower and equipment were exposed, NATO increased its support activities in Ukraine to unprecedented levels.
Ukraine’s plan to achieve NATO military standards was made official in September 2015, when President Petro Poroshenko signed the National Defense Doctrine, which states the country’s goal is to make its military NATO-compliant by 2020. The roadmap for reaching those standards, The Strategic Defense Bulletin, was finally unveiled last summer. Ihor Dolhov, Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister, told the Kyiv Post earlier this month that the country has a list of some 600 points which require attention.

Foreign Relations, Diaspora and Caucasus Issues and the EU Integration Committees' sitting

Published in Politics
Friday, 25 November 2016 12:30

The Committees voted confidence to the candidates for Ministry of Foreign Affaris, Mikheil Janelidze and for State Ministry of EU and NATO Integration, Victor Dolidze. The PM candidate introduced the Governmental Program “Freedom, Rapid Development, Welfare” for 2016-2020 and the composition of the Government.
Mikheil Janelidze spoke about main priorities of foreign policy. Enhancement of security and sovereignty, de-occupation and restoration of territorial integrity, peaceful resolution of conflict with Russia, EU and NATO integration, facilitation to economic development, promotion of the positive image of Georgia worldwide and close links with Georgian Diaspora were named as the main priorities. He stated that the only format recognized and developed with participation of international partnership society is Geneva Talks for peaceful resolution of conflict, de-occupation and territorial integrity. “In this direction we managed to regulate the process and to put it in dialogue mode”. “Consolidation of international efforts is one of the main directions on all Geneva Talks rounds in view of provision of security and human rights protection in the occupied regions of Georgia and we actively discuss this issue in international organizations”.
M. Janelidze spoke about non-recognition of independence of the occupied regions. “As a result of our policy, sundry states have recalled recognition in 2013-2014”. He emphasized the decisions made recently to underline relevancy and active consideration of occupation and Georgia-Russia conflict on international agenda. One of the vital priorities of foreign agenda will be mobilization of international efforts to facilitate dignified and safe return of IDPs.
He also spoke about EU and NATO integration and named full-fledged integration to NATO as the priority task of foreign and security policy and pre-condition for enhancement of security and stable development of the country. He touched upon the decisions made at NATO Warsaw Summit in 2016. “The initiatives were adopted at NATO Warsaw Summit in July, 2016 in the priority directions such are: air defense capacity, joint trainings, Black Sea security cooperation, crisis management development and improvement of strategic communication”. Dignified return of IDPs will be further supported.
He also spoke about bilateral and multilateral diplomacy. “The Georgian Government will further continue strategic cooperation with USA as the main ally of Georgia. It also will be important to enhance cooperation with EU member states and orientation to strategic partnership. Within the rational and de-escalation policy, we will further facilitate to trade-economic and cultural contacts with Russia”.
M. Janelidze touched upon enhancement of cooperation with neighboring countries – Turkey, Azerbaijan and Armenia. He overviewed the future plans and implemented projects. “I, as the Head of the Foreign Ministry, consider institutional reforms as priority to enhance our diplomacy and to provide diplomats with due conditions”.
Mr. Victor Dolidze stated that one of the priority tasks for Georgia is EU and NATO integration. He noted that the political dialogue on EU integration will further continue with EU member states. “We attach particular attention to expectation management to ensure awareness of our citizens about the expectations. They shall well understand why NATO and EU instead of Eurasia. We shall provide them with information. Public awareness always was and will further be one of the most important spheres for cooperation”. The important link will be the Strategic Communication Department at the Ministry. Similar departments are set up in Foreign Affairs and Defense Ministries. “So-called media campaign is also important for public awareness, which implies communication with society. Our citizens shall have comprehensive information about NATO and EU integration and benefits for Georgia leading to full-fledged membership of European family. Coordination only is not enough. The State shall make real steps especially in the spheres, such are: economy, tourism, education, healthcare, social protection etc”.
He underlined importance of the Parliament in strategic communication. “Involvement of the Parliament in strategic communication will be important. We can jointly or severally visit the regions, especially the settlements with minorities and highlands to provide the habitants with the information about the benefits of EU and NATO integration”. 
After the reports, the Committees held the secret ballot resulting in:

  • Foreign Relations Committee – 9 votes against 1;
  • Diaspora and Caucasus Issues Committee – 10 votes unanimously;
  • EU Integration Committee – 10 votes against 2

According to the Decree of the President of Georgia, the extraordinary plenary session will be held on Saturday, November 26 at 12h00 following the Faction sittings on November 25.



The Parliamentary Delegation to participate in NATO PA Session

Published in Politics
Friday, 18 November 2016 11:45

On November 18-21, Istanbul will host the 62th Annual Session of NATO PA. 27 delegates of NATO member states and MPs of the NATO associated countries will participate in the international forum.
The delegates, at the Committee and plenary sessions, will discuss world security, peace-keeping missions, terrorism, political and economic issues. It is noteworthy that the spring session, 2017 of NATO PA will be held in Tbilisi on May 26-29. Georgia is the 5th non-member state hosting the NATO PA.
Thus, the Georgian Delegation will represent the video image of Georgia and hold the wine tasting during the sessions in Istanbul. The Georgian Delegation is headed by the Chair of the Defense and Security Committee, Irakli Sesiashvili.

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