Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani announced on Thursday an agreement to actively provide the Georgian black seaports of Batumi and Poti to NATO ships.
Commenting on the talks between Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg during a visit to Brussels on September 29-30, the head of Georgian diplomacy said that “special attention was paid to the security of the Black Sea region.”
“The Black Sea is becoming increasingly important in the direction of cooperation between the North Atlantic Alliance and Georgia,” he said.
David Zalkaliani said that “there will be more practical cooperation in this regard.”
“The visits of NATO ships to our ports will become more regular. We will conduct exercises more often and exchange more information with our NATO partners,” the Georgian Foreign Minister said.
Georgia was promised NATO membership in 2008, but the country has not yet received a “membership action plan.”
Earlier, the Pentagon said that the United States would relocate F-16 fighter jets from Germany to Italy to “counter Russia.” This is necessary so that American troops can “better deal with what is happening in the Eastern Mediterranean, as well as in the Black sea,” said the representative of the US military Department.
Before this, Georgia announced the creation of an international cybersecurity operations Center in Georgia by NATO standards.