About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 14:53 - 25 Jun.'16
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Top U.S. Commander in Europe Says This Year’s Joint Drills in Georgia will Be ‘Bigger, Better’
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 23 Mar.'16 / 18:11

This year’s joint U.S.-Georgian annual military drills, Noble Partner, outside Tbilisi will also involve soldiers from the UK, will last longer and will be “bigger and better” than similar drills last year, commander of the U.S. European Command, Air Force General Philip Breedlove, said on March 23.
 
Gen. Breedlove, who is NATO’s outgoing supreme allied commander in Europe, said at a joint news conference after meeting Georgian Defense Minister Tina Khidasheli in Tbilisi, that Noble Partner exercises in May will last for three weeks.

“In May the Noble Partner 2016 [military drills] will bring Georgian, U.S., and UK soldiers together at the Vaziani training area for three weeks to exercise our respective NATO Response Force capabilities,” he said.

“And it will be bigger and better than last year’s Noble Partner exercise,” he added.

He said that the U.S. and Georgia have forged “very close bond” and “Georgia is a noble partner indeed.”

Last year’s Noble Partner exercises lasted for two weeks and involved about 600 U.S. and Georgian soldiers. 14 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles and several wheeled-support vehicles were shipped by the U.S. Army Europe from Bulgaria to Georgia across the Black Sea for participation in last year’s Noble Partner exercises.

Gen. Breedlove, who arrived in Tbilisi on March 22 for a two-day visit, was awarded by Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili with the Order of the Golden Fleece for “a significant contribution made to Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration and to deepening of the U.S-Georgian defense relations.”

He said after meeting the Georgian Defense Minister that the U.S. military assistance to Georgia is now focused on strengthening country’s “self-defense capabilities, as well as deepening further Georgia’s interoperability with the United States and NATO.”
 
“Our goal is Georgia to be as prepared as possible so that once NATO is ready to go, Georgia will be ready to go as well,” he said and reiterated support for Georgia’s aspiration to join the Alliance.

Hailing Georgia as NATO’s “steadfast partner”, he said that the country is “an extremely valuable” contributor to the international security. With about 870 soldiers, Georgia is the second largest troop contributor to NATO-led mission in Afghanistan.

On March 23 Gen. Breedlove also visited village of Khurvaleti on the administrative boundary line with breakaway South Ossetia, where the local community has been divided by a barbed wire fence erected by the Russian troops. He said that he “witnessed illegitimate division of the Georgian people.”
 
“As [Georgian] brave, valiant nation has witnessed firsthand, Russia continues to seek to extend its coercive and corrosive influence on its periphery and now it is also trying to reestablish aggressive role on the world stage. Russia ultimately seeks to overturn the established rules and principles of the international system, fracture the unity of the free world and to challenge our resolve,” Gen. Breedlove said.

“Security situation across Europe continues to evolve and become more and more complex. We continue to face direct security challenges from two directions – to the East we face resurgent, aggressive Russia, which has voluntarily chosen to be an adversary and poses an aggressive and long-term threat to the United States and our European allies and partners,” he said, adding that to the South the Europe faces the “daunting challenge” of mass migration and threat posed by the Islamic State group.

Latest News
25 Jun.'16 14:53
Parliament Breaks for Summer Without Adopting Judicial Bills
The parliament has also failed to vote on several bills related to electoral system.
24 Jun.'16 19:42
Georgia’s PM on Brexit: ‘Regret, but Respect It’
“Now it’s time for self-reflection, as well as for consolidation and renewal,” PM Kvirikashvili said.
24 Jun.'16 12:57
EU, Georgia Sign Security of Information Agreement
The agreement is expected to enter into force by the end of 2016.
24 Jun.'16 11:33
Flood, Mudflows Damage Road in Dariali Gorge
It may take two weeks to restore the road linking Georgia and Russia, officials say.
23 Jun.'16 20:25
Traffic Closed in Dariali Gorge Amid Mudslide Fears
The area was hit by major landslides and mudflows twice in 2014.
23 Jun.'16 19:01
Reports: Abkhaz Court Orders House Arrest for Khurcha Fatal Shooting Suspect Pending Trial
Abkhaz border guard serviceman was charged with murder of Georgian citizen at Khurcha crossing point.
23 Jun.'16 12:29
BGEO Takes Over Tbilisi Water Utility Firm
Bank of Georgia’s holding company will pay USD 70m for remaining 75% shareholding.
22 Jun.'16 21:35
New Rule Redistributes Allocation of Free Airtime for Political Ads
Parliament passed bill increasing number of parties eligible to free political TV ads.
22 Jun.'16 17:36
Parliament Backs Sending Platoon to EU’s Mission in Central African Republic
The platoon will join five Georgian military officers who are currently deployed with the mission.
22 Jun.'16 16:30
Prosecutor’s Office Says Kitsmarishvili’s Death was Suicide, Case Closed
Kitsmarishvili’s brother and a lawyer representing deceased’s family insist on foul play.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2016, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
52