US Representative to NATO Reiterates Full Support to Georgia's NATO Integration

“We are committed to the absolute security of our NATO allies, as well as our partners, like Ukraine and Georgia, where there are encroachments by Russia of their sovereign needs,” Kay Bailey Hutchison, United States Permanent Representative to NATO, said during a live conference.

In response to a question about joining the Alliance, she announced their full support to all aspirant countries like Georgia, Ukraine and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The Representative said she hopes that these countries will do more and continue carrying out reforms on their democratic path to approximating the Alliance.

In her statement came the news that Georgia is to receive a new package of support from NATO which will be discussed at the foreign ministerial on Thursday.

“We are committed that all of those countries will become future members of NATO. We want all of them," she said.

"We have been to Georgia, we have been to Ukraine.  We want their reforms to move forward. Russia must let those countries have their sovereign rule, their sovereign territory, their boundaries, and we are very intent on helping Georgia and Ukraine continue to respond to the Russian aggression that has taken over parts of their countries, and we are not going to back away from these efforts. 

"We have an open door.  I think that’s what the accession of North Macedonia shows.  And we are helping our partners, Georgia and Ukraine. We are giving them a package that will be discussed on April 2 at the foreign ministerial. I believe the foreign ministers will approve a package that continues to build on our support and help for Georgia and Ukraine, and we are working with the Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina to try to get their reforms in place and make sure that their minorities are working with their majority to have a government that can produce those reforms in that very important area as well”.

By Mariam Merabishvili

02 April 2020 15:21