10 years after the war: Georgia conducts exercises with NATO

10 лет после войны: Грузия проводит учения с НАТО

REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

To restore the territorial integrity of Georgia by peaceful means. This promise was made by Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili, opening large-scale military exercises “Worthy partner of 2018” with the participation of NATO countries.

You need to make sure that our military was capable.

Joseph Lingel
General of the U.S. army

Three thousand troops from 13 countries-members and partners of the Alliance train on the former Russian military base “Vaziani”.

Who is involved?

Among the participants are USA, UK, France, the Baltic countries, Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Ukraine. The main goal is to bring the army of the States-members of NATO to military standards of the Alliance.

10 лет после войны: Грузия проводит учения с НАТО

REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

Margvelashvili said that twenty percent of Georgian territory “unlawfully occupied” by Russia.

During the recent summit in Brussels, the Secretary General of NATO has promised Georgia membership in the Union.

In those days the Russian army is conducting its own military exercises in the North Caucasus near the Georgian border.

Joseph Lengel, General of the US army

Before us three tasks. The first is the readiness of the forces. You need to make sure that our military was capable, so they are better prepared and better doing his job in a military sense. They also need to integrate with military forces from other partner countries. I believe that the next two weeks of the exercises will give us this opportunity and strengthen our military. This is important.

The 10-year anniversary of the war

The maneuvers began a few days before the 10-year anniversary of the war between Russia and Georgia.

In August 2008 between the two countries was an armed conflict. Georgian army shelled the capital of South Ossetia, trying to take the region under control.

10 лет после войны: Грузия проводит учения с НАТО

In response, Moscow sent military forces, and later formally recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The West did not agree with Moscow’s position.

In June, the European Parliament adopted a resolution in support of Georgia, condemning the “Russian aggression and occupation” and supported the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the country.

Video Editing • Andrew Wojtowicz

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