Stoltenberg hopes to welcome Georgia into NATO

Stoltenberg hopes to welcome Georgia into NATO

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg hopes Georgia can soon be welcomed into NATO, and praises the progress achieved by the country. 

"Georgia will become a NATO member," Stoltenberg stated during a joint press conference with Georgia's Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze at the Georgian government’s administration building today. He underlined that it is only up to Georgia and NATO to make decisions about cooperation and partnership.

"It is the NATO principle that each nation has the sovereign right to make its own decisions. Each nation has the right to choose its future. When we are ready, Georgia will become a NATO member and only NATO and Georgia and no third country will make the decision," the NATO chief noted.

Stoltenberg stressed that Georgia has achieved big progress and the country should continue reforms in the defence, judiciary and other fields to comply with NATO standards.

"I urge you to continue work and use all the opportunities [available] to become a NATO member," cited Stoltenberg as saying.