NATO Sec-Gen Stoltenberg: Russia should withdraw its forces from Georgia

Stoltenberg noted NATO continues “to coordinate closely” with Ukraine and other partners of alliance, including Georgia, emphasising “NATO is a defensive alliance, and we do not seek confrontation.” Photo:, 27 Jan 2022 - 11:40, Tbilisi,Georgia

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday that Russia should withdraw its forces from Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, noting “they are deployed without these countries’ consent.”

He underscored that NATO respects Georgia’s and Ukraine’s decision to apply for membership of the alliance, adding it is the reason why NATO “has engaged in a very strong and close partnership with both these countries.”

Our focus now is on the reforms, is to help to modernise and strengthen the defence and security institutions, and to meet NATO standards,” Stoltenberg added.