Commentary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia in connection with J. Stoltenberg's appeal to accelerate preparations for Georgia's admission to NATO

 Commentary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia in connection with J. Stoltenberg's appeal to accelerate preparations for Georgia's admission to NATO
29 September 2020 109

On September 29 in Brussels, NATO Secretary General J. Stoltenberg, during a press conference with Georgian Prime Minister G. Gakharia, made a number of statements, in which, in particular, he called for accelerating preparations for Georgia's admission to NATO. Stoltenberg did not forget to mention the continued support of the North Atlantic Alliance for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia, and also called on Russia to withdraw recognition of the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

The appeals of the NATO Secretary General cannot serve as a guide to action either for the Republic of Abkhazia or for the Russian Federation, and they cannot change either the political status of Abkhazia or the Abkhaz-Russian strategic partnership.

However, it is necessary to point out that in the Republic of Abkhazia, such open encouragement of Tbilisi's military ambitions in the context of growing tensions in the Caucasus region causes justified indignation. The NATO leadership either turns a blind eye to what is happening today in the South Caucasus, or is deliberately playing to aggravate the situation.

It is obvious that the meeting of the NATO Secretary General with the Prime Minister of Georgia in Brussels is largely of a political nature and is intended to record support for the ruling party in Georgia in the context of the upcoming parliamentary elections. This is the main purpose of such routine statements by the NATO leadership.

At the same time, despite these current political circumstances, we consider it completely inappropriate to make such statements in a situation of military aggravation in the region. We call on the NATO leadership to show prudence and refrain from statements that create a heavy atmosphere of military hysteria.

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