ონლაინ კითხვა-პასუხის სესია ჯეიმს აპატურაისთან 2015 წლის 30 მარტი | Online Question and Answer Session with James Appathurai March 30, 2015

  1. Davit says: (journalist) from Tbilisi

    Q: How would you evaluate the pace of implementation of substantial package of cooperation with Georgia, approved at the Wales summit?

    • James Appathurai says:

      A: The pace is very good. Our experts have been to help set up the Joint Training Centre, we have identified the members of the Core Team who will soon be in country, we will have an exercise together in Georgia this summer, and the Liaison Office is being beefed up as we speak. NATO doesn’t always do things quickly, but in this case we have! And the Georgian government has been just as fast and just as committed.

  2. Erekle Rosebishvili says: (International Relations) from Telavi

    Q: Mr. James Appathurai,

    What Georgia must expect from the next NATO Summit in 2016? If it is known, or under discussion, what will offer NATO to Georgia next year?

    • James Appathurai says:

      A: Honestly, I don’t yet know. I’m sure we will reiterate that Georgia will become a NATO member, as set out in Bucharest and subsequent decisions; I have no doubt we will thank Georgia for its substantial contribution to international security; and I know we will assess the implementation of the Substantial Package, and see where we can boost it even more. Beyond that — and specifically with regards to the membership track — the Allies haven’t even begun to discuss what might happen at Warsaw next summer.

  3. Mikheil Gaprindashvili says: (Programist) from Tbilisi

    Q: What would be the message you would like to send to the Georgian citizens living on Russian occupied territories of Georgia?

    • James Appathurai says:

      A: Actually, I think it is up to the Georgian government and people to communicate to those living in the two territories. Our message, to them and to all, is clear and simple: we recognize Georgia within its internationally recognized borders; Russia should withdraw its troops; and we encourage all efforts — from the talks in Geneva, to people-to-people contacts — to help being an end to this situation.

  4. gvantsa giorgobiani says: (jurnalist) from radio imedi

    Q: Does the statements of Georgian governments few representatives have effect on Georgias integration in NATO? While according to last research of IRI majority of Georgian population supports integration process.

    • James Appathurai says:

      A: Let me put it this way — the very strong public support for NATO membership, by all governments but most importantly by ordinary people, is a huge part of the success Georgia is having in moving closer to the Alliance. All NATO member states respect the strong commitment of the Georgian people to become part of the European and Euro-Atlantic family, despite the huge pressure you are under from Russia to change course. I think that that plays a large part in encouraging the Allies to do what they can to support Georgia in its reforms, which help Georgia prepare for membership.

  5. Irakli Dgebuadze says: from Tbilisi, Georgia

    Q: President Obama in his State of The Union Address referred to NATO Russia neighboring countries as the “frontline countries” whose defense capabilities needs further reinforcement. Georgia as the NATO aspirant country is at the frontline as well facing the same threats from Russia. How Georgia should defend itself before joining NATO?

    • James Appathurai says:

      A: We share the view that countries like Georgia, but also Ukraine and Moldova, are facing strong pressure from Russia to change their political course and come more into Moscow’s orbit. And we also believe in NATO that all three countries deserve more support to develop their defence capacities. I would say that of the three, Georgia is receiving by far the most defence capacity building support from NATO, and, I would add, making the most of it. We are creating a Joint Training Centre in Georgia, as well as a Defence Capacity Building School, embedding experts in the Georgian Defence Ministry, and we will hold a NATO exercise open to partners in Georgia this year. In essence, there will be more NATO in Georgia, both in terms of visibility and concrete support. If individual countries decide to offer bilateral support to Georgia, in terms of equipment or training, that will only complement the NATO effort.

  6. Shota Shanava says: (Chief Specialist of Samegrelo Bureau at Information Center on NATO and EU) from Zugdidi

    Q: NATO naval forces held a training on the Back Sea not long ago, which was a certain sign against Russian aggression. This gave people hope and feeling of security. Will similar trainings be conducted periodically in the future?

    • James Appathurai says:

      A: The brief answer is yes. And one example will be a NATO exercise, open to partners, to be held in Georgia this summer. It will clearly pose a threat to no other state, but it will just as clearly illustrate the depth of our cooperation.

  7. shujaath ahmed says: (student) from tbilisi

    Q: respected sir,,,,
    why is that such a big world organisation like NATO is not able to control russian aggression and why do people and media say that the russians want to control the caucasus and NATO will just condemn the russian attacks where as not take action because the state affected does not come under NATO alliance or shield?Will NATO protect only its alliance state then why do georgian soldiers need to die and work in NATO led forces in afghanistan or elsewere.?

    • James Appathurai says:

      A: It is true that the Article 5 commitment in NATO’s Treaty, to defend all Allies, applies only to member states. But that doesn’t mean that NATO doesn’t help our partners, also, to resist Russian pressure. We firmly believe that all European democracies have the right to choose their own political orientation and affiliations — that is what is enshrined in the Helsinki Final Act, to which Moscow has signed up, by the way. That is why we put in place the Substantial Package for Georgia; it is why we have put in place 5 baskets of projects to help Ukraine; and why we will set up a Defence Capacity Building project to help Moldova.