About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 13:48 - 30 Apr.'16
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
NATO Chief: Georgia Discussed with Russian Leadership
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 17 Dec.'09 / 18:47

NATO and Russia “still have differences”, including over Georgia, but these disagreements should not “paralyze” cooperation in other areas in which the alliance and Moscow have shared interests, NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said.

In an interview with Echo Moskvy radio station in Moscow on December 16, he said that Georgia was “an important” part of discussion between him and the Russian leadership.

Rasmussen said that the alliance insists on “full respect” of Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

“We urge Russia to withdraw from Georgia… We do not think that Russia has fully implemented the ceasefire plans,” he said.
 
Asked whether it was possible or not to get NATO and Moscow’s positions closer on Georgia as a result of his talks with the Russian leadership, Rasmussen responded: “I think we have agreed to disagree.”

“We have also agreed that disagreements in some areas should not paralyze us; they should not overshadow that we have shared interests in other areas; so let’s focus on practical cooperation in fighting terrorism, on practical cooperation on Afghanistan, counter-proliferation of nuclear weapons, counter-piracy,” he said.

Asked if NATO was “freezing” Georgia’s issue in its ties with Russia at the expense of cooperation in other areas, Rasmussen responded: “We are not freezing this question.”

“I still think it should be resolved; I still think that Russia should live up to its international obligations and we insist on respect of Georgia’s territorial integrity,” he continued. “But I do believe that there is so much at stake for Russia and NATO that we should not let these disagreements paralyze cooperation” in other areas.

On Georgia he was also asked if Tbilisi was preparing for “a revenge” to regain control over its breakaway regions and Rasmussen responded: “Not at all.”

“And let me put it this way – I do not think that huge Russian Federation should feel threatened by small Georgia. And I would urge Russia to ensure peaceful cooperation with all neighbors,” he added.

Rasmussen again reiterated the NATO Bucharest summit decision and said that Georgia and Ukraine would one day become NATO members when they meet membership criteria.

“Every country has the right to decide for itself its alliance and affiliation,” he added.

Latest News
30 Apr.'16 13:48
UNM Lays Out Rules for Compiling Its Party List of MP Candidates
Party list will be drawn up “based on principles and not based on anyone’s desires,” UNM’s Bakradze said.
29 Apr.'16 16:56
Opera Singer and His Potential Political Party in IRI-Commissioned Poll
Burchuladze’s movement was not too far behind from GDDG and UNM in a poll fielded in March.
28 Apr.'16 18:42
Geostat Releases Final Results of 2014 Census
Final results also include data on ethnicity and religious beliefs of country’s 3.71 million people.
28 Apr.'16 14:26
Five Men, Suspected of Trying to Sell Uranium, Arrested
The State Security Service said suspects were trying to sell 1.6kg of radioactive material for $3mln.
28 Apr.'16 11:49
Q1’16 GDP Growth 2.3% - Preliminary Data
Real GDP grew 3.4% y/y in March, after 0.8% and 2.6% growth in January and February, respectively.
27 Apr.'16 20:01
Bill Allowing PM to Run for MP Without Quitting Cabinet Post Passed in First Reading
Parliament passed amendment to the election code with 77 votes to 21 on Wednesday.
27 Apr.'16 15:27
Central Bank Cuts Key Rate to 7.5%
NBG said it plans to gradually reduce key rate to “neutral” level of 5-6% in a mid-term period.
26 Apr.'16 23:13
Georgian PM Meets U.S. Vice President
The Vice President reaffirmed U.S. support to Georgia, the White House said.
26 Apr.'16 21:57
Usupashvili Speaks of ‘Three Small Problems’ on EU Visa Liberalisation Path
EPP group’s vice-chair said visa-free should be granted only after Georgia frees “political prisoners.”
26 Apr.'16 14:55
Georgia’s Parliament Speaker Visits Brussels
Usupashvili will meet European Parliament President, EU foreign policy chief.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2016, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
63