“Today, I’m pleased to announce that we’ve approved Georgia for the risk-assessed payment schedule so Georgia will be able to request and acquire vital military capabilities more easily,” said Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, who hosted a visit by Georgian Defense Minister Juansher Burchuladze at the Pentagon today, according to the information posted on the official website of the Pentagon.
“This announcement reflects the value that we place on our bilateral defense relationship and our partnership,” Austin added.
For three decades, the United States supported Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, Austin noted.
“Georgia deepened its ties to the West and supported its path to Euro-Atlantic integration. And over that time, Georgia has made significant contributions to global security,” Austin said.
Georgian military units have served and sacrificed alongside the US and NATO forces in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan, he said.