Georgia ahead of Ukraine on the path to NATO – expert


Oleksandr Sushko: If the decision to extend the Alliance was not politicized, Georgia would have a very good chance to become a NATO member in the near future. Photo: The Newspaper “Day”

Georgia is successfully implementing the annual national programs that bring it to the transition to the standards for NATO membership.

Says in the comments for Gazeta.ua expert on international relations Oleksandr Sushko.

“When you join the Alliance we are talking not only about military and defense standards. Georgia was successful in upgrading the system of public administration. In them, she has a lower level of corruption and is more efficient. There are better things with the rule of law. More productively interact branches of government. Military achievements we have about the same level. Although Georgia is deeply integrated NATO standards in their defensive strategy,” explains the expert.

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According to him, the Alliance leadership wanted to encourage the state, which not only declare their aspirations, but also performs the required obligations.

“If the decision on expansion of the Alliance was not politicized, Georgia would have a very good chance to become a NATO member in the near future. But for the full entry there should be a joint decision of all member States. Now such a consensus is unlikely. Therefore, it is difficult to predict when exactly Georgia and Ukraine will be able to join the organization. It depends on the political situation and the position of the leaders of other member countries.

Ukraine, too, actually has the same promise about the entry in the official NATO documents. If Stoltenberg came to us, obviously said the same thing. The phrase about membership in spite of Russia – a signal to Moscow and to the governments of those NATO countries, which influenced the political situation can act in the interests of the Kremlin”, – adds the expert on international relations.

Georgia will become a member of NATO, despite the protests of Russia, – said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. He arrived in Georgia on March 25 the joint military exercises.

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