The United States expressed readiness to help strengthen the Georgian army, promised Secretary of state John Kerry during his visit in Tbilisi on the eve of the NATO summit, reports Reuters.
Kerry and the Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili signed the Memorandum of understanding. In it, in particular, Washington promised to strengthen cooperation in the military sphere and in the sphere of security, to improve the exchange of information. In addition the document says that the United States will assist in building defensive capabilities, including the supply of military equipment.
“The United States strongly adhere to the belief in the sovereignty of Georgia, its independence, territorial integrity within internationally recognized borders,” — said Kerry.
The Agency notes that this US support was expressed in the preparation of the Georgian military for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. “We will continue to urge Russia to fulfill its commitments made in 2008 of the agreement on cease-fire, providing for the withdrawal of its forces to the positions they occupied before the outbreak of hostilities,” he added.
The summit of NATO will be held in Warsaw on 8-9 July. The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said earlier that under him, the leaders will take key decisions on strengthening defense and deterrence of the Alliance.
He said that the leaders could agree to deploy four multinational battalions in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, to strengthen its presence in Romania, to improve the cyber defence, civil security and ability to defend itself against attacks of ballistic missiles.
Sunday, July 3, Stoltenberg said that Russia is one of the “unpredictable hazards”, as it “ready to use force to change borders”. However, he noted that NATO does not want confrontation with Moscow.