NATO representative Colomina supports Georgia’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and Euro-Atlantic integration

Irakli Beraia, the head of the Defense and Security Committee of the Georgian Parliament, said on Sunday that Javier Colomina, the NATO Secretary General’s special envoy for the Caucasus and Central Asia, expressed in his messages his support for Georgia’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and Europe . Atlantic integration in a meeting at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Madrid.

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Georgia’s security challenges, including conventional and hybrid threats from Russia, and the country’s “significant” progress and its “ambitious” agenda towards Euro-Atlantic integration were discussed at the meeting between the Georgian parliamentary delegation led by Beraia and Colomina, informed the press service of the parliament.

The Georgian side stressed that it welcomes NATO’s new strategic concept, its record and the decisions of the Madrid Summit, including support measures tailored to Georgia, as well as “adapting to security challenges” and strengthening the Alliance’s military presence on the eastern flank.

It is necessary to implement the decision of the 2008 Bucharest summit in order to speed up Georgia’s accession to the Alliance, since full-fledged security of the Euro-Atlantic space is unthinkable without Georgia’s accession to NATO,” Beraia said after the meeting.

Georgia has already acted “as a responsible” member of NATO and has demonstrated not only its “desire but also its ability and very important experience” to contribute to the security of the Euro-Atlantic area, the committee chairman noted.

He added that against the background of increasing threats and the “efforts” of European partners to diversify resources and routes of energy supply, the “role and importance” of Georgia in “strengthening” cooperation between Europe and Asia and the need Georgia’s increased membership of NATO has improved.