NATO remains “committed” to supporting eventual membership of Georgia and Ukraine in the alliance, the latest annual report of the bloc’s Secretary General said on Tuesday.
The release said the commitment was maintained in line with decisions taken at the 2008 Bucharest Summit and reaffirmed at the 2022 Madrid Summit on membership prospects of the two countries.
Outlining the main activities of NATO in 2022, it said Georgia was one of the bloc’s “closest partners” among states aspiring for membership.
Over time, a broad range of practical cooperation has supported Georgia’s reform efforts and its goal of Euro-Atlantic integration. The deteriorating security environment resulting from Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine significantly affects Georgia”, the document said.
The report also noted the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package, a set of initiatives endorsed at the 2014 Summit of the bloc and aimed at strengthening Georgia’s defence capabilities, as its “main tool” for practical cooperation with Georgia.
In 2022, [the SNGP] continued to enhance Georgia’s defence capabilities and improve interoperability, in support of the country’s preparations for eventual membership in NATO”, Stoltenberg noted in his report.
The Joint Training and Evaluation Centre in Georgia provided training and evaluation of Georgian units and hosted the third NATO-Georgia Exercise in March, the release also noted.
The report also acknowledged the Defence Institution Building School, another institution launched in the country as part of the cooperation, had achieved accreditation through the implementation of NATO’s Quality Assurance Concept.