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    Estonian formin: NATO must meet the obligation taken re Georgia

    BRUSSELS, Jul 12, BNS - Member states of NATO must fulfill the commitment assumed towards Georgia to admit that country as a member of the alliance one day, Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser told BNS in an interview on Thursday.

    "Georgia together with Ukraine received a promise in the final documents of a NATO summit ten years ago that it will be a full-fledged member of NATO one day. That was followed by a military campaign by Russia," Mikser said in the interview given on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels.

    He said that while NATO membership requires meeting a very high threshold and conditions, also existing members of the alliance must be prepared for the admission of a new member.

    "All the action plans and packages are geared towards ensuring the technical readiness and conformity of candidate countries with NATO membership criteria. They do not directly address this political issue that membership requires political support for enlargement in all the member states," the minister told BNS.

    According to Mikser, readiness for enlargement is not very high in many member states. "We and other pro-enlargement countries have given advice, engaged in practical cooperation and worked also on the diplomatic front with the present member states to achieve a political breakthrough," he said.

    "This path is not easy and we are not there yet, but we will not give up until we have achieved that goal that NATO will fulfill the obligations assumed by it," Mikser told BNS.

    NATO leaders declared at the alliance's Bucharest summit in 2008 that Georgia and Ukraine will one day become members of the alliance.

    Baltic News Service

    • Published: 12.07.2018 19:02
    • LETA, BNS
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