NATO strategy: Turkey, Ukraine, Georgia,

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14 September 2012

Turkey's Erdogan in Ukraine

Recep Erdogan is officially visiting Ukraine. In Kiev he and the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovich headed the second session of the Strategic Council of Ukraine and Turkey. On September 14 Erdogan will conduct talks in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and participate in the 9th annual session of the Yalta European Strategy where he will speak as a special guest.

Considering an important role of Ukraine in stability in the Black Sea region, Turkey pays great attention to its relations with this country and wants to develop the cooperation in all spheres. In recent times relations between Ukraine and Turkey have gained a character of strategic partnership. The best confirmation for it is a stable growth of trade turnover and mutual investments, mutual support of international initiatives by Ankara and Kiev. However, experts note that political relations falls behind economic cooperation. From this point of view the current visit by Premier of Turkey has a progressive significance.

The countries chosen by Erdogan for visits are notable. At first Azerbaijan, then Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is clear that the current Turkish policy is focused on three bordering territories: the Black Sea and the Caucasian region and Balkans. That is why Ukraine is considered by Turkey as a friendly and strategically important country. There are many advantages in cooperation between Turkey and Ukraine. The main thing is to structure the relations in separate strategic directions with maximum usage of the transit potential.

Another important factor defining the essence of Turkish-Ukrainian relations is the problem of Crimean Tatars. It is a delicate issue of permanent agenda of the countries. Turkey implements all agreements of Crimean Tatars under control of the central authorities of Ukraine. Turkey considers the problem an internal affair of Ukraine, and Ankara has no right to break sovereignty of Ukraine.


Photo: 14 September 2012 - Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan visiting Ukraine. In Kiev he and the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovich headed the second session of the Strategic Council of Ukraine and Turkey.


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November 14, 2012

Georgian Prime Minister met with NATO Sec.General

Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili has invited the North Atlantic Council to Georgia. He said about it in Brussels at a joint press conference held after a meeting with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

The Prime Minister stressed that NATO isn't only a military but also a political structure and promised that the new government will do everything to strengthen the democratic institutions.

"We will do everything in order to develop truly democratic institutions. The problems that arose a few days ago, in my opinion, were connected with the fact that the former power was satisfied by facade statements power instead of building truly democratic institutions, and there wasn't enough transparency in society, including in military compounds. The new government will do everything to ensure that all our actions are clear to the international community and NATO. We will do everything to achieve the objectives and Georgia to be a member of the alliance in the near future," Ivanishvili said.

Georgia is a close and committed partner for NATO. It doubled its contribution to NATO's mission in Afghanistan and joined the planning process for the NATO-led mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan forces after 2014.

Source: Trend News Agency

Photo: 14 November 2012 - Georgian Prime Minister met with Secretary General of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen

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