Robert Pszczel: Georgia has a "homework" to join NATO
Director of NATO Information Office in Russia Robert Pszczel assessed the prospects for accession of Ukraine and Georgia to NATO.
"Our policy of "open doors" has not changed. We would like to see Georgia and Ukraine among NATO members, the decision, taken at the summit in Bucharest, has not changed", Pszczel said in an interview to GeorgiaTimes.
The representative of the Alliance also noted that Georgia is not still fully ready to join NATO, "there are still a little "homework" that needs to be done. But this is normal situation, and it has always been so. NATO accession also includes certain obligations of the candidates", said Robert Pszczel.
Director of NATO Information Office in Russia added that the possible accession of post-Soviet countries into NATO will not severely damage the relations between Russia and NATO. "Prospects for Russia-NATO relations are long-term. And there's nothing to worry about the fact that there appear some issues to discuss. We have experienced different periods, but we're always moving forward. I think it will be so in this time", said Robert Pszczel.
Recall, recently the NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that Georgia has made significant progress towards NATO membership.
Secretary General that he still could not say "what action will be taken on Georgia in Chicago, but presumably it would be a step forward".
"Three years ago, at the NATO summit in Bucharest, there was taken important decision that Georgia will become NATO member. We all know that to become NATO member you should meet the criteria of the Alliance, and in this respect, Georgia has made remarkable progress", he said , noting that "the progress of Georgia is seen in the reforming the defense, as well as in the rule of law and protection of human rights."
"We will continue to assist Georgia to continue this reforming process", said Rasmussen.