Comment by the Information and Press Department on the NATO-Georgia military exercises
We have taken note of the new round of NATO-Georgia military maneuvers, which involve more than 250 soldiers from 13 countries. This is the third multinational exercise of this kind in Georgia this year, after the Noble Partner event in May and Agile Spirit in September. A systematic build-up is taking place of the scale and intensity of the operational training of the armed forces of Georgia according to NATO standards with the active involvement of NATO command and staff bodies.
Russia sees this activity as a serious threat to peace and stability in the region. Georgia’s other neighbours – Abkhazia and South Ossetia – have expressed their own concerns repeatedly. We all remember how the promises of NATO membership at the Bucharest summit pushed Tbilisi to criminal attacks on Russian peacekeepers and civilians in Tskhinval in August 2008.
NATO is not hiding the fact that the current military partnership with Georgia is considered part of its "containment" policy with regard to Russia. The role Georgia decided to play in this context complicates the positive process of improving Russian-Georgian relations.