NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili to NATO Headquarters on Wednesday (15 December). They discussed political and practical cooperation as well as the security situation in the region.
The Secretary General reaffirmed NATO’s continued strong political and practical support to its partners, and reiterated Allies’ firm support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Secretary General underlined that Georgia is one of NATO’s closest partners and thanked Georgia for contributing to NATO’s efforts in Afghanistan over the years.
The Secretary General addressed the security situation in the region, including Russia’s military build-up in and around Ukraine and its destabilising activity in the Black Sea region. The Secretary General emphasized that «any future Russian aggression would come at a high price and have serious political and economic consequences for Russia«.
The two leaders also addressed Georgia’s domestic reforms and implementation of the Annual National Programme. The Secretary General underlined, «it is vital that the work on judiciary reform, media freedom and accountability of the security sector continues».