NATO is "strongly committed" to Georgia's security and territorial integrity, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday.
The NATO chief's comments came ahead of a NATO-Georgia Commission meeting in Brussels on the sidelines of the foreign ministers' summit.
Stoltenberg said during the meeting, they would discuss "many ways" NATO and Georgia continued to work together, as well as the security situation around the Black Sea region.
"We will review the implementation of the substantial package of support NATO gives to Georgia. That support is strengthening Georgia's defense institutions and assisting on its path towards membership in the Alliance," he added.
Stoltenberg congratulated Tbilisi for continuing progress on its reforms.
Georgia has long lobbied for membership in the EU and NATO, aspirations that were exacerbated by Russia’s 2008 invasion that resulted in the separation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia from Tbilisi’s control.
Georgian ex-president Saakashvili threatens to jump off roof before being detained in Kiev
Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has threatened to jump off a building in Kiev Tuesday before being detained by Ukrainian security officers. Saakashvili was detained on suspicion of assisting a criminal organization, the SBU state security service said, an offence that could land him in prison for up to five years.Masked officers dragged Saakashvili from an apartment in the capital Kiev while his supporters protested on the street and tried to stop the police van from leaving.It is the latest twist in a prolonged feud between Ukrainian authorities and Saakashvili, who was invited to become a regional governor after protests in 2014 ousted a pro-Russian president but quickly fell out with his one-time ally President Petro Poroshenko.Addressing supporters earlier from the roof of the house, Saakashvili had accused Poroshenko of being a traitor and a thief. He tried to address the crowd again as he was being bundled into a blue minivan which was then surrounded by protesters."What they are doing is lawlessness in the eyes of the whole world," Saakashvili said. "I urge all Ukrainians to take to the streets and drive out the thieves."Saakashvili made a dramatic return to Ukraine in September, barging his way across the border from Poland despite having been stripped of Ukrainian citizenship and facing the threat of possible extradition to Georgia.He wants to unseat Poroshenko and replace him with a new, younger politician.Saakashvili was made governor of the Odessa region in 2015 on the strength of the reforms he carried out in Georgia.BREAKING: Protests erupt in Kiev as Mikheil #Saakashvili detained by police#RuptlyLive: https://t.co/HDzFQSOlu2 pic.twitter.com/96Mxmb5HWX— Ruptly (@Ruptly) 5 Aralık 2017 But he fell out with Poroshenko, accusing him of corruption, while Poroshenko's office said Saakashvili was trying to deflect from his own shortcomings as an administrator.Saakashvili divides opinion. Supporters see him as a fearless crusader against corruption but critics say there is little substance behind his blustery rhetoric.Back home in Georgia, where he took power after a peaceful pro-Western uprising, known as the Rose Revolution, in 2003, his time in office was tarnished by what critics said was his monopolising power and exerting pressure on the judiciary.He was president at the time of a disastrous five-day war with Russia in 2008, a conflict that his critics argued was the result of his own miscalculations.The 49-year-old is now wanted on criminal charges in Georgia, which he says were trumped up for political reasons.Saakashvili supporters free him from police van after detention in KievUkraine prosecutor says Saakashvili extradition not on the agenda
Georgia says suspect in Istanbul airport bombing killed last week
A former Daesh terrorist suspected of masterminding a deadly attack on Istanbul airport in 2016 was killed during a special operation in ex-Soviet Georgia last week, a spokeswoman for Georgia's state security service said on Friday.Akhmed Chatayev was named by Turkish media and a U.S. congressman as the mastermind of the suicide bombing of Istanbul airport in 2016 which killed 45 people. "It's confirmed that one of those killed during the operation is Akhmed Chatayev," Nino Giorgobiani, a spokeswoman for Georgia's state security service, told a news briefing.Giorgobiani said that Chatayev blew himself up.One Georgian special forces serviceman and two other members of the armed group, which was suspected of terrorism, were killed in the same operation. Four police officers were wounded and one member of the group was also arrested.The 20-hour operation took place at an apartment block on the outskirts of the Georgian capital Tbilisi last week.Giorgobiani declined to name the two other armed men killed or disclose the identity of the member of the group who was arrested, the group's motives, or how they got to Georgia."The investigation is ongoing ... We continue to work with our international partners to identify the other two (armed men)," Giorgobiani said.She said that experts from the United States had been participating in the investigation.A United Nations sanctions list describes Chatayev as a senior figure in Daesh responsible for training Russian-speaking terrorists.A veteran of Chechnya's conflict with Moscow during which he lost an arm, he lived in Georgia's Pankisi Gorge, a remote area populated largely by people from the Kist community, ethnic Chechens whose ancestors came to mainly Christian Georgia in the 1800s.When, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Chechnya rose up in an armed rebellion against Moscow's rule, the Kist community were drawn to the fight. Thousands of refugees arrived from Chechnya, and some insurgents used the gorge to regroup and prepare new attacks.Chatayev was wounded and arrested in Georgia in August 2012 following a clash between the Georgian police and a group of terrorists, who were allegedly trying to cross the Georgian-Russian border and move to Dagestan.