United States does not preclude the supply of arms to Georgia, intending to join NATO, said the representative of the U.S. Department of State Philip Crowley (Philip Crowley).
“As you know, one of the basic conditions for joining NATO is the availability of weapons to meet the standards the alliance, and the contribution of the country’s growing military power of NATO” – said Crowley.
According to him, the decision on possible military assistance to Georgia will not affect relations with Russia.
“I am confident we will continue the political dialogue with Russia on these issues,” – he emphasized.
As previously reported, the U.S. Vice-President Joseph Biden, arrived in Georgia on an official visit, said that the United States are working on “the maintenance of operating” the army of Georgia. However, he said, the actions of United States limited to “planning, training and organization.”
Biden also reiterated Washington’s intention to support plans for Tbilisi to accede to NATO.
United States and Georgia 9 January, 2009 signed the charter of a strategic partnership, which have agreed, among other things, and on cooperation in the sphere of security. In particular, the paper has been announced about the intention of both countries make efforts to “enhance the capacity of Georgia, as well as a” structured plan to improve operational coherence between NATO and Georgia. ”
As reported previously the American newspaper Washington Post, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili appealed to the U.S. to the Republic of complex weapons “only defense” to protect against possible attack from Russia.