NATO-Georgia Commission meeting has been held in Brussels, within the alliance's foreign ministerial, which was described as "very constructive" by NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
The NATO Secretary General noted that the initiative [to renew mil-to-mil contacts] was raised at the NATO-Russia Council meeting, and it was aimed to lead to a cooperation process aimed to "agree on concrete measures on air safety over the Baltic Sea". "We have strengthened our collective defense, at the same time remaining open to dialogue", - said Stoltenberg. "We call on Russian Federation to end its recognition of these regions and withdraw its forces from Georgian territory".
"The Alliance is fully committed to providing Georgia with the advice and tools it needs to advance toward eventual North Atlantic Treaty Organisation membership", Stoltenberg said. Russian Federation recognized the regions as independent states following a short war with Tbilisi in August 2008.
Stoltenberg said Wednesday that NATO was backing Georgia's "successful efforts to modernize its armed forces", which have operated under NATO command in Afghanistan, and would take part in a 2019 NATO-Georgia joint military exercise.
We will remind, recently the representatives of Ukraine and the Alliance discussed the program of NATO - Ukraine to study the experience of hybrid warfare in Ukraine. "And we are engaged in increasingly close dialogue on the Black Sea region and the cooperation in the region".
"Secretary Tillerson has played a key role, both in sending the message of deterrence, the unity and the resolve of the whole alliance, but also when it comes to the need for continuing to work for a peaceful solution", Stoltenberg told reporters in Brussels. After Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula and sponsored separatist movements amid a 2014 political uprising in neighboring Ukraine-another aspiring coalition member-NATO has taken a more hardline stance against Moscow and has bolstered support for allies bordering Russia, especially the Baltic states and Poland.