NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s comment in response to a journalist’s question

Responding to the question of a Georgian Journalist, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg after the meeting of the NATO-Russia Council in Brussels, on 13 July 2017 made a comment on the continuation of the borderization process in the Tskhinvali region:
“We have seen that the border posters have been moved several times, and we don’t recognize South Ossetia and Abkhazia as any kind of independent republics or nations. They are a part of Georgia, part of the international recognized borders of Georgia or within those borders,” Stoltenberg added.

The NATO Secretary General underlined that the Alliance supports “all efforts to try to find a negotiated peaceful solution to these conflicts” and continues to support Georgia through the NATO-Georgian Joint Training and Evaluation Center (JTEC) and the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package, as well as through modernizing and strengthening the country’s “capacity to protect and defend itself.”
Stressing that NATO supports peaceful conflict resolution, Stoltenberg said the alliance will continue supporting Georgia to strengthen its efforts of self-defence and stalibilisation as there are foreign troops on its territories.