NATO experts: NATO should expand, strengthen partnerships with Ukraine, Georgia

  • The report by NATO experts was released on December 1. Photo: globalresearch.ca.

Agenda.ge, 2 Dec 2020 - 13:54, Tbilisi,Georgia

A group of experts appointed by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg say in their recently released report that the alliance ‘should expand and strengthen partnerships with Ukraine and Georgia as the vulnerable democracies that seek membership and are under constant external and internal pressure from Russia’. 

The document says that since the end of the Cold War, NATO has attempted to build a ‘meaningful partnership’ with Russia, based on dialogue and practical cooperation in areas of common interest. 

But Russia’s aggression against Georgia and Ukraine, followed by its ongoing military build-ups and assertive activity in the Baltic and Black Sea regions, in the Eastern Mediterranean, Baltic, and in the High North, have led to a sharp deterioration in the relationship and negatively impacted the security of the Euro-Atlantic area,” said the report, adding that Russia ‘routinely engages’ in intimidatory military operations in the immediate vicinity of NATO and has enhanced its reach and capabilities for threatening airspace and freedom of navigation in the Atlantic

The document says that the Russian government ‘seeks hegemony over its former Soviet possessions and undermines their sovereignty and territorial integrity’, seeking to block the path of nations that want to move towards NATO. 

NATO should seek to expand and strengthen partnerships with Ukraine and Georgia as vulnerable democracies that seek membership and are under constant external and internal pressure from Russia,” said the report. 

At the NATO meeting of heads of state and government in London in December 2019, alliance leaders asked Stoltenberg to undertake a forward-looking reflection process to assess ways to strengthen the political dimension of the alliance. 

To this end, in April 2020, Stoltenberg appointed an independent Reflection Group co-chaired by Thomas de Maiziere and A. Wess Mitchell and consisting of John Bew, Greta Bossenmaier, Anja Dalgaard-Nielsen, Marta Dassu, Anna Fotyga, Tacan Ildem, Hubert Védrine, and Herna Verhagen.

The group of experts presented their report during NATO foreign ministerial on December 1. 

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