NATO to Ramp Up Georgia’s Security Against ‘Aggressive’ Russia: Official

NATO will involve Georgia in its regional security program to help protect the Black Sea country from Russia’s “aggressive” cyber- and misinformation threats, the Western military bloc said Wednesday.

Georgia’s NATO ambitions have angered Russia since 2008, when NATO leaders promised the Russian neighbor that it would one day join the alliance. Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned NATO that cultivating closer ties with Ukraine and Georgia would have unspecified consequences for the alliance.

James Appathurai, NATO’s special representative for the Caucasus, outlined a four-step strategy for Georgian cooperation he dubbed “hybrid defense” in an interview with Georgia’s public broadcaster.

“This implies protection from the methods and means that Russia uses against other countries, for example, cyberattacks or misinformation, energy blockade, covert intelligence or military activity,” Appathurai said.

NATO also wants to involve Georgia in joint exercises and an airspace protection program in the face of a “deteriorating” Black Sea security situation following Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, he added.

“Russia has used Crimea to increase its military presence in the Black Sea. It affects both us and Georgia and Ukraine,” Appathurai said.

Georgians have seen their chances of joining hampered by Russian territorial incursions into two breakaway territories, South Ossetia and Abkhazia. 

Russian forces entered the two breakaway Georgian regions in 2008, which remain garrisoned by Russian troops to this day, something Moscow says is in keeping with local people’s wishes but which the West and the Georgian government call an illegal occupation.

Former Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has previously said that Georgia’s entry into NATO raised the risk of conflict with Moscow because Russia recognizes the two regions as independent states.

Under NATO rules, countries with territorial conflicts cannot join the alliance.

(c) Moscow Times

3 comments

  • “Under NATO rules, countries with territorial conflicts cannot join the alliance.”

    Rules are not set in stone. What would benefit NATO more, a country with a military experienced in fighting Russian trash, or cowards like the Italians, or North Macedonia, who couldn’t fight their way out of a wet paper bag?

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  • NATO needs to make it clear to the Moskali that territorial conflicts or disputes will absolutely not stop Georgia, Ukraine or Moldova from joining or change the rules. It needs to be simple enough that the PutiNazis understand it.

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  • англійський масон

    Makes me wonder why there are territorial disputes………..

    Is it me or does it all become obvious.

    Either way tell the vatnikis to fuck off, tell shorty to double fuck off. They don’t play by the rules so its time for the gloves to come off.

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