The Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Garibashvili, has responded to the NATO Ministerial to be held in Brussels on December 2. He hopes that Georgia will become a full NATO member, but calls on the Georgian population not to have any special expectations.
Georgia has thoroughly fulfilled all of its obligations to NATO
By Tea Mariamidze
Wednesday, December 2
“We are waiting for the Warsaw summit and do not want to create any special expectations. The Secretary General and the partner countries have recommended us not to mislead the population in advance. We need to follow the process calmly,” he told the reporters in Paris.
According to the PM, Georgia has fulfilled all the obligations and commitments undertaken at the Wales Summit effectively, but it is up to the Alliance to make a final decision over Georgia’s membership.
“Georgia followed the substantial package implementation plan adopted at the Wales Summit and fulfilled all the obligations effectively. We cannot do what is beyond our capabilities. The rest depends on the global situation,” he said.
Garibashvili noted that the situation and developments in the world are different today compared to the previous year, and these will also have an influence on the process of Georgia’s integration with NATO.
“Today the world is different; we should consider every realistic factor and not try to cheat each other or encourage false expectations. Georgia will become a NATO member, but due to the current developments it is hard to say when. I want to call on everybody not to create any special or unrealistic expectations,” he added.
Within the frame of his visit, Garibashvili participated in the opening of the Climate Change Conference (COP21) held in Paris. He also met with his Belgian counterpart Charles Michel, the President of France Francois Hollande, and many other officials.