Tillerson takes tough line on Russian Federation, open to peacekeepers

5 Dec 2017- 17:24:00

5 Dec 2017- 17:24:00

Speaking on the last day of NATO's foreign ministers' conference in Brussels, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that the alliance was committed to the security of Georgia, a former Soviet republic that has battled the Russia-backed separatist movements of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

European security and North Korea will be the main talking points at a meeting of Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski and other NATO foreign ministers in Brussels on Tuesday.

"We call on Russian Federation to end its recognition of these regions and withdraw its forces from Georgian territory", he added.

As the Soviet Union began to collapse in 1991, Georgia declared its independence, but pro-Moscow Abkhazia and South Ossetia seceded by force.

Georgia and Russian Federation fought a short war in August 2008.

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.

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"NATO continues to benefit from Georgia's advice on security issues relating to the Black Sea. We have strengthened our collective defense, at the same time remaining open to dialogue", - said Stoltenberg.

Stoltenberg cited work in other areas of cooperation, such as energy security, explosive-ordnance disposal, cyberdefense, intelligence, secure communications, and promoting the role of women serving in the Georgian armed forces.

"Our NATO allies stand firm in our support of Ukraine's sovereignty and their territorial integrity", said Tillerson, according to VOA. The Commission also reviewed the implementation of the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package, which, according to the Secretary General, "is strengthening Georgia's defense institutions, and assisting it on its path towards membership in the Alliance".

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the European Union chose to further boost their cooperation on Tuesday, signing off on 32 new joint proposals for more cooperation particularly in the areas of military mobility, fighting terrorism and promoting the role of women.

Tillerson stated he had a productive discussion with Georgian Foreign Minister Janelidze in the frame of the ministerial.

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