Turkey wants Georgia to join NATO this May


At the upcoming meeting of foreign ministers of NATO countries, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu intends to raise a question of accession of Georgia to NATO without going through the Membership Action Plan (MAP) for joining the alliance.

It was reported by Interfax-Ukraine.

“I believe that Georgia can join NATO without going through the Membership Action Plan. Technically it is quite doable. We fully support Georgia’s accession to NATO, and I’ll raise this question at the forthcoming ministerial in May,” – Cavusoglu said on Tuesday to Georgian reporters in Strasbourg.

According to him, “Turkey, obviously, can not give any guarantees in this regard”.

However, he said “we believe that Georgia deserves to be a member of NATO, as it meets all the requirements”.

The NATO summit will be held this year on July 7-8 in Warsaw, and before that a meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers is planned for May, and the defense ministers of the alliance will meet in June.

Previously, the statement that Georgia may join NATO without MAP, and that this plan for Georgia is in the past, was made by the Minister of Defence of Georgia Tinatin Khidasheli.

Source: Gazeta.Ua