First Deputy Defense Minister hosted Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary Ambassadors of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Lela Chikovani thanked Edite Medne, Andrius Kalindra and Riina Kaljurand for firm support to Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic aspiration and territorial integrity. Deputy Defense Minister emphasized special friendly cooperation based on mutual trust and support among Georgia and the Baltic States and stated that an intensive cooperation in defense sphere will continue in the future.
The sides overviewed various cooperation issues in different directions of defense sphere among Georgia and three strategic importance countries. Contribution of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in SNGP implementation process, their practical support and expert level engagement were highlighted at the meeting as well. The sides also discussed regional and global security challenges, existing complicated environment and increasing threats.
Lela Chikovani introduced the guests all implemented and ongoing reforms in defense structure and briefed on upcoming steps in order to improve and strengthen Georgia’s defense capabilities according to the 2020-2030 long-term action plan.
On 18 October 2022, within the framework of his working visit to the Republic of Lithuania, the Georgian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Teimuraz Janjalia held a bilateral meeting with his Lithuanian counterpart, Deputy Foreign Minister, Egidijus Meilūnas.
Discussing issues relating to bilateral relations during the meeting, the deputy ministers took stock of the busy agenda of high-level visits. The sides noted the positive dynamics of cooperation in the fields of economy, tourism, defence and security. Emphasizing the importance of the regular exchange of bilateral visits, Teimuraz Janjalia expressed the hope that Georgia’s political dialogue with the Lithuanian side will continue and further deepen.
The sides discussed the security challenges facing the region against the backdrop of Russia's ongoing war against Ukraine. The Lithuanian Deputy Minister was provided with detailed information about the current situation in the occupied territories of Georgia, the progress in the Geneva International Discussions and the peace policy of the Georgian government. Teimuraz Janjalia emphasized the importance of Lithuania’s traditionally strong support for Georgia in the current difficult and changing environment.
Speaking about the European integration of Georgia, Teimuraz Janjalia informed his Lithuanian colleague about the country’s current progress in terms of fulfilling the obligations under the Association Agenda and the European Union’s twelve recommendations.
At the end of the meeting, the Lithuanian side once again confirmed its unwavering support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as for its European and Euro-Atlantic integration. The deputy ministers agreed to continue close cooperation.
As a part of his official visit to the Republic of Lithuania, the President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili, together with the Georgian delegation, has met with the Speaker of the Parliament of Lithuania, Mr. Viktoras Pranckietis at the official dinner.
The parties have discussed the prospects of developing parliamentary relations and multilateral cooperation between Georgia and Lithuania.
The conversation has also touched upon Lithuania’s support of Georgia in the Euro-Atlantic process. As noted at the meeting, Lithuania will cooperate with Georgia and support the country in the European integration process.
Mr. Pranckietis has once again underscored his firm support of Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The meeting was also attended by the Head of the Administration of the President Mr. Giorgi Abashishvili, the Secretary of the National Security Council Mr. Davit Rakviashvili, the Advisor to the President for Foreign Affairs Mr. Tengiz Pkhaladze, the Ambassador of Georgia to the Republic of Lithuania Ms. Khatuna Salukvadze, leaders of the opposition – Ms. Ada Marshania from the “Alliance of Patriots of Georgia”, Mr. Azer Suleimanov from the “United National Movement”, and Mr. Irakli Abesadze from the “Movement for Freedom – European Georgia”.
The parties discussed successful reforms in Lithuania and attached particular attention to the activity of the Ministry of Environment in this regards. “The wave of reforms in Lithuania was quite resonant which entailed successful outcomes. Correspondingly, we spoke about these reforms and the experience Lithuania can share. These are the directions also important for Georgia – environmental protection, wood problems, hunting and fishing problems and air pollution”, - Kakhaber Kuchava stted.
According to him, Lithuania invited Georgia to in situ study the outcomes of the environmental reforms. The meeting was attended by the Ambassador of Lithuania to Georgia, H.E. Giedrius Puodžiūnas and the First Deputy Chair of the Committee, Zaza Khutsishvili.
On Friday and Saturday (8-9 July 2016), the leaders of the 28 NATO Allies and many partner nations will meet for a landmark Warsaw Summit. Together, they will take decisions to enhance the Alliance’s security by strengthening its deterrence and defence, and projecting stability beyond its borders.
Allies will agree to deploy four robust and multinational battalions to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, on a rotational basis. A multinational framework brigade in Romania will provide a tailored presence in south-eastern Europe. NATO will also take further steps to improve cyber defences, civil preparedness and to defend against ballistic missile attack from outside the Euro-Atlantic area.
To project stability beyond our borders, leaders will agree to extend NATO’s training mission in Iraq and to broaden the Alliance’s role in the central Mediterranean. They will also approve the deployment of NATO’s AWACS surveillance aircraft to support the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL. NATO will continue its military and financial support for Afghanistan and will strengthen political and practical cooperation with Ukraine, Georgia and the Republic of Moldova.
Since NATO’s last summit in Wales in 2014, Allies have implemented the biggest increase in collective defence since the Cold War. Last year, Allies also increased defence spending for the first time in many years. Today, NATO is faster, stronger and more ready for any challenge. The decisions taken at the Warsaw Summit will help to ensure the safety of our citizens for years to come.
There have been 27 previous summits. The first one was in December 1957. The last one was in Wales in September 2014. This Summit is the first to be hosted in Poland and the first to be chaired by Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Fifty-eight official delegations will participate in the Summit. This includes all 28 NATO Allies, Montenegro - whose accession to NATO is currently in the ratification process, 26 partner countries and representatives from the United Nations, the European Union, the World Bank and the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. About 2,500 official delegates and 2,000 media representatives will attend.
Beforehand of the Warsaw Summit Defence Minister of Georgia holds meetings in NATO member countries. At first Tinatin Khidasheli visits Poland.
Defence Minister of Georgia attends Wrocław Global Forum. Today Tinatin Khidasheli delivered a speech in the conversation “Keep Europe Safe”. Together with her the speakers at the panel were Senior Fellow of Harvard University Paula Dobriansky, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, Secretary of State of the Republic of Poland Krzysztof Szczerski and Executive Vice President, Programs and Strategy, Atlantic Council Damon Wilson. The panelists discussed how to the West has to respond Russian aggression in the Ukraine in order to keep stable and democratic development of Europe. While delivering speech Tinatin Khidasheli stressed on security challenges and expectations at the upcoming NATO Warsaw Summit.
“I think that Europe is in danger today as well as the global security. After Crimea there was serious security challenge to the entire world not to just Europe. There is a country out there that is setting up new international law, that is creating new international order, that is in the process of revising everything that civilized world had agreed about after the II World War. There is a need for a very serious response to it. What we are seeing today is the world that basically follows the actions of Kremlin. We are all in a king of reactive mode. We react as they act and it is troubling. I think the Warsaw Summit in July constitutes a great opportunity for everybody to prove that NATO is united and that’s extremely important to show to everybody and to make sure that nobody has an idea that there is a separate game Russia has with different countries. So, the unity of NATO will be number one issue as we see it for the Warsaw Summit. Number two is to show that there is a positive agenda, that there is a plan, there is road map that clearly shows even bigger deterrence power on the side of countries neighboring Russia. That clearly shows that NATO does everything possible for peace and for preventing any further confrontation. Number three I think this is a time for courageous decision-making. I would l see Warsaw Summit as an opportunity for NATO to prove to Russia that it is in charge of its own decision-making and Russia does not have a veto power on any decisions coming out of Brussels or Warsaw in this case, being the host of the Summit, and to show that Europe being free and safe is not limited to Article 5 boundaries. That world today is not involved with putting up a new Berlin Wall or putting up a new Iron Curtain at this time on Article 5 boundaries and everybody else is left for Russia as its backyard to deal with the issues and to sort out the problems themselves. This is how I would see things developing from now to July”, outlined Tinatin Khidasheli.
During two days policy makers, media and civil society focus on the core transatlantic values of democracy, prosperity, and security.