The Course of NATO Assessment Team opened in Vaziani

Published in military
Tuesday, 15 November 2016 16:23

The 33rd Course of the First Level Assessment Team of North Atlantic Treaty Alliance launched at the IV Mechanized Brigade Base in Vaziani. Up to 40 officers from19 countries are taking part in the course aimed at enhancing interoperability of the NATO partner countries` military forces with NATO.
East Commander of the Georgian Armed Forces COL Shavegeo Tabatadze and NATO Assessment Team Director, Macedonian Armed Forces Lieutenant Colonel Igor kuzmanoski delivered a welcome speech.
Along with the Georgian side, the representatives of NATO member and partner countries took part in the training. After this course, they will attend the training of Charley Company of the 12th Battalion of IV Mechanized Brigade participating in NATO Response Force  and evaluate their  combat capabilities.

James Appathurai welcomes NATO-GEO 2016

Published in Politics
Thursday, 10 November 2016 15:15

James Appathurai, NATO Deputy Assisstant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia welcomes NATO-GEO exercise:
“I welcome the start of NATO-GEO 2016, the second NATO-Georgia Exercise, which runs from 10-21 November - another milestone in the long-standing, deep cooperation between NATO and Georgia and further recognition of Georgia' commitment to strong defence, to NATO operations and to international security. For NATO, this reflects the Alliance's commitment to help project stability, share knowledge and expertise and train our forces together. The Joint Training and Evaluation Centre will host the exercise, which involves 350 international personnel from the Georgian Armed Forces, NATO SACT, JFTC, Landcom and many other NATO structures and affiliated centres. NATO-GEO 2016 will train a Georgian led multinational brigade headquarters in planning, coordinating and carring out a crisis response operation in a fictitious environment, through a computer assisted, command post exercise,”-he said.

Georgian Defence Minister didn’t participate in NATO Ministerial and its alarming signal-Elene Khoshtaria

Published in Politics
Friday, 28 October 2016 14:59

According to the National Movement’s majoritarian candidate in Vake District, the fact that Georgian Defence Minister didn’t participated in NATO Ministerial is alarming signal.
As Elene Khoshtaria said, the decision made in NATO on Black Sea Region Security is too important.
“One of the important ministerial was held in Brussels yesterday. Georgian Defence Minister didn’t participate in it and it’s alarming signal. I call to our government and Defence Minister not to infringe our interests and involve in project implementing process,”-she said. 

Only Alliance member countries have participated in NATO Ministerial-Alexander Maisuradze

Published in Politics
Friday, 28 October 2016 14:29

Only Alliance member countries have participated in NATO Ministerial. None of the non-member countries were invited in the summit, so neither the Defense Minister of Georgia was invited. This statement was made by the Georgian Ambassador to NATO Alexander Maisuradze.
According to him, Georgia is a responsible state and all levels of active cooperation ongoing between Brussels and Tbilisi.
As for the Black Sea security issues, Alexander Maisuradze said that Georgian side has sent its opinions and suggestions to NATO Partners. 

We welcome NATO’s increased presence and activities in the Eastern Europe-Mikheil Janelidze

Published in Politics
Friday, 28 October 2016 10:03

Comment of the Georgian Foreign Minister, Mikheil Janelidze on the results ofthe 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.

Information on NATO-Georgia Commission Meeting

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 14:05

NATO Headquarters in Brussels hosted the NATO-Georgia Commission (NGC) meeting on Strategic Communications at Partnerships and Cooperation Security Committee (PCSC) level. The meeting was chaired by the Senior Director of Integration, Partnership and Cooperation Directorate, Yaroslav Skonieczka. Georgian delegation at the Commission was represented by the Deputy State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Mariam Rakviashvili and Deputy Head of NATO Division of International Relations and Euro-Atlantic Integration Department of the Ministry of Defence, Tinatin Mzarelua.
Georgian side provided Allies with exhaustive information on the current challenges of the country, as well as progress achieved in the area of effective strategic communications and future plans in this regard. In the light of existing threats in the region, Allies stressed the significance of strategic communications and positively assessed achievements of Georgian side. Moreover, NATO Allies expressed their readiness to further deepen cooperation in this area and to participate in the implementation of future activities in this regard.
NATO Allies reiterated their support to Georgia's Euro-Atlantic integration at NATO-Georgia Commission meeting

NATO representative awarded for the successful mission in Georgia

Published in Politics
Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:03

The First Deputy Minister of Defence of Georgia Lela Chikovani awarded the strategic and operational planning project expert of NATO-Georgia Substantial Package LTC Vincent Henkinet with Kakutsa Cholokashvili Medal. Lela Chikovani thanked the Belgian advisor for his successful mission in Georgia.
Rotation of LTC Vincent Hankin took place after his 6 month-long professional activity in Georgia. He will be replaced by the representative of Armed Forces of Belgium Lieutenant Colonel Claude Moerman who will be working in Georgia under SNGP for six month.
The awarding ceremony was hosted in the Ministry of Defence. The representatives of International Relations and Euro-Atlantic Integration Department of MOD and the military experts from SNGP contributor countries attended the meeting as well.

Rose Gottemoeller took up her post as NATO’s Deputy Secretary General

Published in World
Tuesday, 18 October 2016 16:24

Ms. Rose Gottemoeller took up her post as NATO’s Deputy Secretary General – the Alliance’s second most senior international civil servant – on Monday (17 October 2016). Ms. Gottemoeller most recently served as US Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, advising the Secretary of State on arms control, non-proliferation and political-military affairs.
Ms. Gottemoeller brings a wealth of experience in international security policy to her new role. She served as the chief US negotiator of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with the Russian Federation, which entered into force in February 2011. She has also held senior posts at the US Department of Energy, and leadership roles at the Carnegie Moscow Center and the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.
Ms. Gottemoeller is the first woman to serve as NATO’s Deputy Secretary General, and succeeds Ambassador Alexander Vershbow of the United States, who held the post from February 2012.


NATO stands in solidarity with Turkey-Stoltenberg

Published in Politics
Friday, 09 September 2016 11:26

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg arrived in Ankara for a two-day visit on Thursday (8 September 2016), in a sign of the Alliance’s enduring support for the Turkish people and their democracy.
On Thursday evening, the Secretary General met with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to discuss Turkey’s contributions to the Alliance's shared security – including in Afghanistan, in the fight against ISIL, and in NATO’s efforts to stop human trafficking in the Aegean Sea. 
NATO continues to stand in solidarity with Turkey, with increased naval and air presence, and with defensive missile systems on the border with Syria, Mr Stoltenberg said.
The Secretary General also reiterated NATO’s condemnation of the recent coup attempt, expressing condolences for those who lost their lives, and respect for the courage of the Turkish people. “Any attack on democracy, in any of our countries, is an attack on the very foundation of our Alliance. A strong and democratic Turkey is essential for the stability and security of Europe and the region,” he said.
On Friday, Mr. Stoltenberg will meet with Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Defence Minister Fikri Işık and other senior officials.


Georgia has become freest country in the region-Ted Poe

Published in Politics
Thursday, 08 September 2016 15:33

Georgia has become freest country in the region for the last 25 years. Georgia developed in economical reforms, democratic, good leadership and press freedom – this statement was made by the member of US House of Representative from Texas’s 2nd district and the Chairman of Group of Friend’s of Georgia Ted Poe.
According to the foreign Ministry, the congressmen highlighted that Georgia is implementing painful reforms to become a member of NATO and European Union.
As he said, Georgia is a strong partner of United States and its’ soldiers are fighting in Afghanistan. Because of that the resolution once again supports Georgia and its’ territorial integrity. 

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