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US Secretary of State Tillerson: "We strongly support Georgia's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation membership"

US Secretary of State Tillerson:

We agreed that our approach to Russian Federation, the decision on which was adopted at the summit in Warsaw in 2016 deterrence and dialogue - was effective.

Following "a lot" of discussion during the NATO meeting over what is the proper engagement with Russia, Rex Tillerson said there was "broad consensus among all the NATO members that there is no normalization of dialogue with Russia today" and that the dialogue would continue through periodic NATO-Russia Council meetings.

The NATO chief's comments came ahead of a NATO-Georgia Commission meeting in Brussels on the sidelines of the foreign ministers' summit.

Stoltenberg said the alliance partnership with Georgia is outstanding.

Stoltenberg raised concern over the deepening of Russia's relations with the Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions of Georgia. Such moves have been viewed by Russian Federation as an expansionist project led by the US, whose top diplomat also appeared at the meeting.




"Our Joint Training and Evaluation Center in Georgia is up and running, and the NATO-funded Defense Institution Building School in Georgia has already trained around a thousand soldiers in subjects as diverse as the rule of law in armed conflict, hybrid warfare, and cybersecurity", he added.

In late July, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited Georgia in a trip timed to correspond with the Noble Partner 2017 military exercises that featured some 1,600 U.S., 800 Georgian, and other allied troops in a show of defiance to Moscow.

"NATO supports a peaceful resolution of the crisis through negotiations".

The foreign ministers will discuss the alliance's goal of projecting stability and fighting terrorism, he said, noting progress in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the European Union chose to further boost their cooperation on Tuesday, signing off on 32 new joint proposals for more cooperation particularly in the areas of military mobility, fighting terrorism and promoting the role of women.