Sec-Gen Stoltenberg: NATO will continue supporting Georgia, Ukraine towards Euro-Atlantic integration

  • Stoltenberg expressed his readiness to engage in dialogue with Russia but noted that the negotiations might 'fail.' Photo: NATO press office

Agenda.ge, 8 Jan 2022 - 14:30, Tbilisi,Georgia

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said that the alliance will 'continue to provide support' to Georgia and Ukraine on their way towards Euro-Atlantic integration.

Stoltenberg reaffirmed that NATO stands by the 2008 Bucharest Summit declaration welcoming Georgia and Ukraine's aspirations to become members of the alliance.

We stand by our decisions at the Bucharest Summit when it comes to Ukraine and Georgia. We support and help them on their way towards further Euro-Atlantic integration with reforms, with practical and political support, he told the press following the meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs.

Stoltenberg further responded to Russia's demand to NATO to rescind commitment to Georgia and Ukraine, saying that it violates 'core principles for European security.'

Stoltenberg expressed his readiness to engage in dialogue with Russia but noted that the negotiations might 'fail.'

We are always ready to listen to Russian concerns, and NATO will make every effort to find a political way forward. But for dialogue to be meaningful, it must also address Allies’ long-standing concerns about Russia’s actions... We are also consulting closely with other key partners such as Georgia, Moldova, Finland and Sweden, as well as the European Union he added.

Stoltenberg has said earlier that ‘whether a country becomes a member of NATO or not is to be decided by that country and the members of NATO, no one else’. 

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