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Stoltenberg: Georgia Will Join NATO, And Russia Can Do Nothing About It

Clearly, Georgia will be entering NATO.

A few questions come to mind.

  1. How will Russia react to what they clearly will say is a provocation? 
  2. What will NATO and Georgia do about Russia already having invaded Georgia twice, and de facto absorbing Abkhazia and South Ossetia? 
  3. Is this considered another hit to Russia’s manhood that another former Soviet state is now joining NATO and how will Russia react?
  4. Is this another hit to Russia’s manhood that NATO is seemingly increasing its encroachment on Russia and how will Russia react? 

Expect gnashing of teeth, loud Russian protests, and shaking of fists.  I don’t expect any shoe-slamming, however.

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TBILISI — During a visit to Georgia, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has again said that the South Caucasus country will eventually join the Western military alliance, despite the Kremlin’s fierce opposition.

Stoltenberg was in Tbilisi on March 25 to hold meetings with Georgian officials and attend joint NATO-Georgia military exercises.

Speaking alongside Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze, he said that the 29 NATO member states had “clearly stated that Georgia will become a member of NATO.”

“We will continue working together to prepare for Georgia’s NATO membership,” Stoltenberg said, adding that no country has the right to influence NATO’s open-door policy.

“We are not accepting that Russia or any other power can decide what members can do,” he said.

Bakhtadze said that “NATO membership is the choice of the Georgian people.”

At a 2008 summit in Bucharest, NATO agreed that Georgia will eventually become a member, but no firm date has been set, although the membership perspective for the country has been reconfirmed at every summit ever since.

The country of some 3.7 million people fought a brief war with Russia in August 2008, and Moscow’s continued military presence on the country’s territory adds to tensions in the region.

After the war, Russia left thousands of troops in Georgia’s breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and recognized both as independent countries.

In Tbilisi, Stoltenberg held talks with Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili, during which he hailed Georgia’s commitment to reforms.

The NATO chief also reiterated the allies’ support for Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.

Held at the Krtsanisi National Training Center near Tbilisi, the 12-day joint military exercises involve around 350 personnel from 24 NATO member states and partner countries.

The drills, dubbed NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019, will last until March 29.

With reporting by Interpressnews and AFP
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2 thoughts on “Stoltenberg: Georgia Will Join NATO, And Russia Can Do Nothing About It

  1. Clearly Russia has something to say about it. Without knowing 100 percent for sure, but pretty near 100 percent sure, the US supply lines in the Afghan war went through and over Georgia and some of the former Sovjet Stan-republics in central Asia. This is history. The second war between Russia and Georgia 2008 was a signal to the US that; “We can cut your supply-lines to Afghanistan so don’t even think about expanding NATO near our borders”. And Russia still runs the show in Georgia since the country is so remote to NATO countries except for Turkey. And Turkey has only got two access roads into Gerogia. Also, Turkey Controls the Bosphorous strait and the entrance into the Black Sea. And Turkey is two-faced. Normally Turkey only let in one warship at a time into the Black Sea. Russia owns the Black Sea.

    Russia probably allowed the US to have their supply chain in some of the ex-Sovjet central Asian Stan-countries in the Afghanistan war because Russia wanted to keep China an arms length away from Central Asia. However they didn’t condone to an expansion of NATO near its borders.

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