NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday said NATO allies provide support to Georgia and “we are working closely with Georgia as a close partner.”
During an interview at the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum, Stoltenberg stressed the need to “strengthen our political partnership, our cooperation, our dialogue with those countries which are vulnerable to Russian interference.”
“Georgia is of course one of them. Russia is already controlling part of Georgia’s territory, but it is also about capacity building, training and different types of support.
“NATO allies provide support to Georgia and we are working closely with Georgia as a close partner. And again, allies have agreed to do more, especially in light of the brutal attack on Ukraine, which highlights the importance of proactively working with a country like Georgia,” he noted.
The NATO SG also said that Georgia should implement necessary reforms and address “some of the concerns that we have expressed related to, for instance, corruption and democratic control over the security institutions.”
“The more Georgia is able to address those concerns, the easier it is to mobilize the necessary support from NATO allies,” he added.