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USA will sell defensive arms to Georgia2012-12-12 15:59
The U.S. have opened the possibility to purchase the necessary defensive arms for Georgia, the VZGLIAD reported. This was announced on Wednesday, December 12, by Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"About ten days ago the American group on bilateral military cooperation with Georgia was in Tbilisi. This was a very successful scheduled meeting. Unexpectedly the Americans opened for us the way to purchase defensive weapons. I cannot talk more specifically about this, but the main thing is that the U.S. has made political decision", he said.
But he did not rule out that this step could irritate Russia. "We have agreed with the American officials that in the course of U.S.-Russian dialogue this issue will be raised", said Alasania. According to him, the possibility of acquiring defensive weapons by Georgia will not break the balance of military power in the region.
Recall, during a meeting with Georgian Foreign Minister Maya Panjikidze on December 5, NATO foreign ministers recognized the progress made by Georgia. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen called Georgia a "faithful partner" and "one of the countries that aspire to join the alliance". The agenda of the ministerial meeting included the "reset" of relations with Russia, strengthening relations with other NATO partners, particularly with Georgia, as well as deployement of Patriot missile systems at the Turkish-Syrian border and support to Afghan security forces after 2014.