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Georgia opened NATO in Tbilisi2010-09-14 18:46
Last week, Georgian deputies reported the opening of NATO permanent establishment in Tbilisi. After them, Georgia's enhanced integration into this military organization was mentioned by State Minister Giorgy Baramidze at the international conference in Poland. Is it possible that Georgia will join the ranks of North-Atlantic Alliance in the nearest future?
At the end of August, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili stated that the political decision on Georgia's entrance into NATO will be taken soon. However, he did not specify who will take such decision and when; however, he noted that to enhance integration, the country is going to sharply increase its military presence in Afghanistan. In his opinion, Georgia's admittance to the organization is dictated by the general logic of the alliance's development, which implies constant movement towards the East.
The development of events last week again made it look possible that there is some real progress in the long-drawn process of Georgia's integration into NATO. First, Georgian parliament voted for the opening of the organization's permanent establishment in Tbilisi. The news was truly comforting for the supporters of the country's Euro-Atlantic integration, considering the fact that NATO has been communicating with Georgia via a communication officer with an office located at the Georgian Ministry of Defense. And now the necessity of enhancing the process of integration was voiced by Minister for Reintegration in Euro-Atlantic structures Giorgy Baramidze at the international forum in Poland.
In the opinion of the First Vice President of Academy of Geopolitical Problems, Doctor of Military Science Konstantin Sivkov, these events truly speak of a certain progress in the integration process. Nevertheless, the expert is doubtful whether Georgia will be given the green light to enter NATO in the nearest time: