Georgia’s deepening partnership with NATO

Relations between NATO and Georgia have deepened significantly over the years since dialogue and cooperation was first launched in the early 1990s. The “Rose Revolution” in 2003 and the push for democratic reforms were a strong catalyst for intensified partnership with the Alliance. Today, Georgia is an aspirant for NATO membership, actively contributes to NATO-led operations, and cooperates with the Allies and other partner countries in many other areas.

1992-06-05 00:00:00

Georgia joins North Atlantic Cooperation Council

Georgia was formally welcomed as a member of the North Atlantic Cooperation Council (NACC) at a ministerial level meeting of the NACC in June 1992. The NACC was established by the Allies in the wake of the end of the Cold War as a forum for dialogue and cooperation with NATO’s former Warsaw Pact adversaries.

1994-03-23 00:00:00

Georgia joins Partnership for Peace

Georgian Foreign Minister Alexander Chikvaidze signs the Partnership for Peace Document at NATO HQ, paving the way for the development of a bilateral programme of practical cooperation with NATO. The Partnership for Peace (PfP) is a programme of practical bilateral cooperation between individual Euro-Atlantic partner countries and NATO. It allows partners to build up an individual relationship with NATO, choosing their own priorities for cooperation.

1997-05-30 00:00:00

Georgia joins Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council

Georgia joins NATO members and other partner countries in establishing the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC). Replacing the North Atlantic Cooperation Council, this new security forum is better suited for the increasingly sophisticated relationships being developed with a wider range of partner countries.

1999-08-01 00:00:00

Georgia starts contributing peacekeepers to KFOR

Georgian troops are deployed as part of the NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR) in 1999. It is the first time Georgia contributes to an international peacekeeping operation.

2001-06-11 00:00:00

Georgia hosts 1st NATO PfP exercise

For the first time, Georgia hosts a multinational military training exercise under the Partnership for Peace Programme in June 2001. Nine NATO nations and six partner countries train together in the Black Sea.

2002-10-10 00:00:00

Georgia is connected to Virtual Silk Highway

Georgian academic and educational institutions are connected to the internet by the Virtual Silk Highway project. Sponsored by NATO’s Science for Peace programme, this satellite-based network facilitates the exchange of information between academics in the South Caucasus and Central Asia with peers in the rest of the world.

2002-11-21 00:00:00

Georgia declares NATO membership aspirations

At the NATO Summit in Prague, Georgia declares its aspirations to NATO membership. It also announces its intention to develop an Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP) with NATO to tighten the focus of cooperation on support for reforms.

2003-10-28 00:00:00

1st demilitarization project launched with Georgia

A NATO-sponsored Trust Fund project is launched to support the demilitarization of over 300 ground-air defence missiles located at former military bases in Ponichala and Chaladidi, as well as the clean-up of unexploded ordnance over an area of 3,600 hectares at Vaziani.

2004-09-01 00:00:00

Georgia deploys troops to Afghanistan

Georgia deploys a contingent of 100 troops to support the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan in September 2004.

2005-03-02 00:00:00

Georgia signs transit agreement for ISAF supplies

Georgia agrees to allow the Allies and other countries contributing troops to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to send supplies for their forces in Afghanistan through Georgia.

2008-04-02 00:00:00

Allies agree Georgia will become a NATO member

At the Bucharest Summit, NATO leaders agree that Georgia will become a member of NATO. As an alliance based on democratic values, NATO has high expectations of prospective new members. Georgia is expected to pursue wide-ranging reforms to achieve its goal of Euro-Atlantic integration.

2008-08-19 00:00:00

Allies concerned about Georgia-Russia conflict

At an extraordinary meeting of the North Atlantic Council, NATO Foreign Ministers express deep concern over the armed conflict between Georgia and Russia. They call for a peaceful and lasting solution to the conflict based on respect for Georgia’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

2008-09-15 00:00:00

NATO-Georgia Commission is established

The Framework Document establishing the NATO-Georgia Commission is signed and the inaugural meeting takes place in Tbilisi during a two-day visit to Georgia of NATO Ambassadors and Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer.

2008-09-15 00:00:00

Project launched to dismantle obsolete missiles

A ceremony in Tbilisi marks the start of the implementation of a Trust Fund project to dismantle obsolete missiles. This is the second NATO-sponsored project to support demilitarization in Georgia.

2008-10-10 00:00:00

1st ministerial meeting of NATO-Georgia Commission

The NATO-Georgia Commission meets for the first time at ministerial level since it was created. Defence ministers talk about NATO’s assistance to Georgia to help it recover from the recent conflict.

2010-04-28 00:00:00

Georgia contributes to Operation Active Endeavour

A memorandum of understanding on Georgia’s contribution to NATO’s counter-terrorism operation in the Mediterranean is signed by Major General Zaza Gogava, Georgia’s Deputy Minister of Interior and Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Border Police, and Vice Admiral Maurizio Gemignani, Commander of Operation Active Endeavour.

2010-10-01 00:00:00

SG opens NATO Liaison Office in Tbilisi

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and senior government ministers, and officially opens the NATO Liaison Office in Tbilisi.

2010-10-15 00:00:00

Project to clear mines and unexploded ordnance

The practical implementation of a third Trust Fund project with Georgia is launched in October 2010. The aim is to help build capacity for the safe disposal of mines, shells, and other dangerous unexploded munitions. Support is also provided for a rehabilitation centre in the Gori military hospital for victims of explosions.

2011-11-09 00:00:00

North Atlantic Council visits Georgia

The North Atlantic Council, led by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, visits Georgia and chairs a meeting of the NATO-Georgia Commission.

2012-04-03 00:00:00

Georgian president visits NATO HQ

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen praises Georgia’s commitment to NATO and to domestic reforms, as he welcomes President Mikheil Saakashvili to NATO HQ.

2012-05-21 00:00:00

Georgian leadership attends NATO Chicago Summit

Georgia takes part in important meetings involving partners at the NATO Summit in Chicago.

2012-09-06 00:00:00

NATO SG visits Georgia

During a visit to Georgia, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets with President Mikheil Saakashvili and participates in the annual session of Georgian Ambassadors.

2012-10-01 00:00:00

Georgia increases deployment to Afghanistan

Georgia significantly increases its deployment to Afghanistan in October 2012, making it one of the largest non-NATO contributors to the International Security Assistance Force.

2012-11-14 00:00:00

New prime minister visits NATO HQ

Newly elected Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili addresses the press during a visit to NATO Headquarters in November 2012. He emphasises his government’s commitment to achieve the goal to become a full-fledged member of NATO.

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