Georgia pressing US for NATO membership prospectus

Georgia wants the United States to outline the steps necessary for it to join NATO.

Last Updated: Dec 10, 2010, 13:44 PM IST

Washington: Georgia wants the United States
to outline the steps necessary for it to join NATO.

Deputy Prime Minister Georgi Baramidze was raising the
issue in Washington this week with the Obama administration.
He said in an interview that Georgia wants a "road map" to
membership. He added: "We would like to see that the United
States administration has a clear idea of how it should be
realized."

The United States and other NATO members have said
Georgia should eventually join NATO. But Russia has opposed
the bid, and it has appeared stalled since the brief
Russia-Georgia war in 2008.

Pointing to Georgia`s close cooperation with the military
alliance and large contribution to its mission in Afghanistan,
Baramidze said "We already behave as if we were members."

PTI

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