Georgia will seek a firm membership commitment from NATO at the alliance’s next summit in Warsaw in 2016, Georgian Parliament Speaker Davit Usupashvili said during a visit to London.
At NATO’s summit in April 2008, the alliance issued a statement assuring Georgia that it could join NATO once certain requirements were met. Speaking at Chatham House on October 6, Usapashvili said NATO’s promise should be kept.
“The Bucharest summit in April (2008) heard how Georgia would become a NATO member and in August [of that same year], there was a war,” Usapashvili said. “Some say that NATO was quite aggressive going forward with Georgia; others say that NATO was not clear enough and the statement was not accompanied by anything concrete, which gave Russia the momentum to act.
“We do not want a repeat of Bucharest when the NATO summit only had nice words,” he added.
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