The North Atlantic Council (NAC), a principal political decision-making body of NATO, held a meeting with Georgian and Ukrainian officials in Brussels.
Regional security issues, along with Russia’s recent activities against Ukraine in the Sea of Azov, were key issues on the agenda of yesterday’s meeting, the Georgian Foreign Ministry reported.
It was the second time that Georgian and Ukrainian issues were discussed in the context of regional security,” the Foreign Ministry stated.
SecGen: @NATO Allies appreciate the contributions of both ???????? Ukraine & ???????? Georgia to security and stability in the Black Sea region. #NATO will continue to deepen its engagement with both countries. #ForMin— US mission to NATO (@USNATO) December 4, 2018
Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani said that all the topics pertaining to Georgia’s NATO integration were discussed.
FM @svenmikser at NATO #ForMin: #KerchStrait attack was "not an isolated incident" but follows a pattern of escalation by Russia. NATO Allies today reaffirmed they stand united in support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of both #Ukraine and #Georgia. pic.twitter.com/lgG5x9dPrZ— Estonian MFA (@MFAestonia) December 4, 2018
NATO says that Georgia has all the practical instruments for membership inalliance. We have seen an obvious, increased support for Georgia’s NATO membership and heard statements about the need for discussions regarding the steps which should be taken now towards membership,” Zalkaliani said.
He said that Georgia has received “no critical remarks,” “only positive evaluations” of its reforms in the defence and security fields and for its strengthening of state institutions.
Very important take-away of NATO’s #ForMin meeting with #Ukraine and #Georgia: Allies have called on Russia to release the Ukrainian sailors and ships it has seized and to allow freedom of navigation in the Sea of Azov & unhindered access to Ukrainian ports.— Germany at NATO (@GermanyNATO) December 4, 2018
Zalkaliani said that the situation in the Georgian occupied territories was also discussed during the meeting, as well as the 28 November presidential elections.
U.S. and @NATO Allies strongly support the sovereignty, territorial integrity, and NATO aspirations of Georgia and Ukraine. We value their contributions and cooperation and are encouraged by progress made towards meeting #NATO standards and values. pic.twitter.com/16ESJy5a7E— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) December 5, 2018
NATO allies congratulated Georgia on its successful conduction of the elections and expressed their readiness to continue cooperation with the new president of the country and the government in all regards to the country’s NATO integration.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also made his comments about Georgia yesterday, during the NATO foreign ministerial.