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June 16, 2022

Georgian Defense Minister meets with NATO Secretary General

Within the framework of the NATO Defense Ministerial, Georgian Defense Minister met with NATO Secretary General.

Juansher Burchuladze thanked Jens Stoltenberg for his strong political and practical support for Georgia on its path to NATO membership.

“The parties reaffirmed their unwavering support and solidarity with Ukraine and the Ukrainian people….[T]he meeting stressed the importance of deepening NATO-Georgia practical cooperation in order to strengthen Georgia’s resilience and defense capabilities in the face of these threats, strengthen its compatibility with NATO and promote the country’s membership in the Alliance.

The sides also discussed the importance of increasing the Alliance’s involvement in providing practical assistance and strengthening Black Sea security within the framework of the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package.

June 16, 2022

Georgian Defence Minister: “all NATO partners” note Georgia needs more support, assistance, concrete steps

Georgian Defence Minister Juansher Burchuladze, who is participating in an ongoing NATO defence ministerial, on Thursday said “all partner countries” of Georgia noted the country needed “more support, assistance and concrete steps” from the alliance.

Burchuladze noted Georgia’s invitation to NATO ministerials four times over a year, and three bilateral meetings with the Secretary General.

There is no component in which Georgia does not deserve integration into the civil world. Not only us, but all the [NATO] partner countries state that Georgia needs more support, assistance and concrete steps”, the Georgian official said.

The Minister also stressed the Secretary General shared “our vision” of the challenges in the Black Sea region.

“We plan to have even closer relations with NATO, make updates on information, have our intelligence services work closely with our [NATO] partners – and everyone understands Georgia is a very important partner in the region”, Burchuladze concluded.

Earlier today Burchuladze and Jens Stoltenberg discussed NATO’s political and practical support for Georgia, the security environment and challenges in the Black Sea region, and the war in Ukraine.