you are just a prick why would us Scots be jealous of Wales maybe England yes but Wales no I am very pleased for Wales and I hope they get to the final and hopefully win the final you are whole that you are.
Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Georgia's President Giorgi Margvelashvili, June 8, 2016 (photo: NATO)
Georgia is wedged precariously between a NATO ambivalent about expansion and a giant neighbor bent on including it in its sphere of influence. At this year's summit, Georgia hoped to either receive a long-coveted Membership Action Plan (MAP), a direct roadmap for eventual integration with NATO, or to have MAP removed as a precondition for membership. Instead, Tbilisi has modified its expectations to more cooperation formats with the Alliance and receiving more resources for increasing Georgia’s defense capabilities. In April in Kiev, NATO Deputy Secretary-General Alexander Vershbow proposed that NATO invite Georgia to a “28+2” cooperation in the Black Sea, an arrangement modeled on an existing one with non-NATO members Finland and Sweden. Even if that exact plan is not adopted, NATO is interested in increasing its maritime military presence in the region.
As far as NATO technical requirements, Georgia, has been an A student, creating a capable military, solidifying democratic reforms, and participating in a variety of security initiatives, such as Partnership for Peace (PfP) training and exercises related to the substantial package Georgia received at the 2014 Wales summit. The government spends more than 2% of its GDP on the military, a benchmark that only 5 NATO member states meet. The country also willingly participates in several trans-Atlantic security missions, being second only to the United States for troop contribution to the Afghanistan mission and also supports counter-terrorism operations in the Mediterranean. Georgian political support for NATO membership is higher than any other candidate for accession.
So why isn’t the only democratic success story in the Caucasus closer to joining NATO? There are two substantive reasons: its location and its frozen conflicts. A quarter of its territory is occupied by Russia, and the US and Europe are afraid of provoking a revanchist Russia by extending NATO borders. The US Ambassador to NATO Douglas Lute recently said that Russia and the “strategic environment” it created has “put a brake on NATO expansion” for the foreseeable future. Georgian Defense MinisterTinatin Khidasheli wants the country to be judged at the Warsaw “on its own merits" – no Russian approval needed.
However, the Georgian government is under no illusions about Russia or where the allies stand. Tbilisi sees the militant Kremlin as a genuine threat and notes the weak western response to its expansionist tendencies. Aggressive actions from Russia include regular detentions along the Administrative Boundary Line (ABL) with Abkhazia and South Ossetia, gradual expansion of the Russian border infrastructure (creeping annexation), and political disenfranchisement of
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TBILISI- The long-awaited EU-Georgia Association Agreement (AA), which provides a legal cooperation framework between Georgia and the European Union, officially came into force after the EU Foreign Affairs Council announced its decision to end the procedures needed for ratification of the AA on Friday.
The ratification process, which lasted two years, was finalized in December 2015 after Belgium became the last EU country to successfully pass the resolution.
Georgia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in an official statement that the ratification of the agreement is further proof that the current EU Member States support Georgia’s European integration.
The Association Agreement between Georgia, the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States was signed on June 27, 2014, in Brussels and began a phased implementation process on September 1 of the same year.
“As of today, all provisions of the Association Agreement will be fully in force and Georgia’s political association and economic integration into the European political, trade-economic, social and legal structures will become irreversible and continue at full speed,” the Foreign Affairs ministry said in a statement.
The AA is a broad framework agreement between the EU and countries that aspire to join the world’s largest economic bloc. The EU typically concludes Association Agreements in exchange for commitments to political, economic, trade and human rights reform.
In the case of Georgia, the agreement also includes a Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
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