Stating that Black Sea security is a priority for the Alliance, NATO Secretary General Jens stoltenbergHe said Russia’s growing power in the region was a matter of concern to allies and that they were increasing NATO’s presence in the region.
The Prime Minister of Georgia is in Brussels Iraqi Garibashvili Stoltenberg spoke at a joint press conference.
“Security in the Black Sea is a priority for NATO and Georgia. We are concerned about the growing strength of the Russian military in the region. Therefore, we are trying to consolidate our presence in the Black Sea region,” Stoltenberg said.
He called on Russia to cancel its recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia
Stating that NATO supports Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty within Georgia’s internationally recognized borders, Stoltenberg called on Russia to reverse its decision to recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia and withdraw all its troops.
“Recent political developments in Georgia are alarming,” he said, adding that he expects to maintain the democratic standards he has worked so hard to develop in recent years. Stoltenberg called on Prime Minister Garibashvili to find a common language and solution with the opposition.
Russia recognized the independence of the two regions after the war
Russia and Georgia clashed in 2008, known as the South Ossetian War. After the war, Russian-backed regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia declared unilateral independence from Georgia.
Russia recognized the independence of the two regions in 2008. Georgia, in turn, cut diplomatic ties with Russia. After the severance of diplomatic relations between the two countries, Switzerland took on the role of mediator.