Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Tillerson takes tough line on Russian Federation, open to peacekeepers

US Secretary of State Tillerson: “We strongly support Georgia's NATO membership” Tillerson takes tough line on Russian Federation, open to peacekeepers
Sammy Stanley | 07 December, 2017, 13:28

The alliance's continued work with Georgia on security matters was announced on Wednesday, with a meeting of the NATO-Georgia Commission concluding to further boost their cooperation and announcing a joint military exercise planned for 2019. The foreign ministers also are preparing for the alliance's July summit in Brussels, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said this morning. "So we will begin with a meeting on NATO-EU relations and European defense".

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday there could be no normal relations with Russian Federation until Moscow ended its support for separatists in Ukraine and returned Crimea, in comments likely to reassure Western allies. "Our forces must be able to move more quickly and easily".

The foreign ministers also will address global security challenges to include North Korea.

Stoltenberg also called on the worldwide community to put pressure on Pyongyang, including sanctions, after a recent ballistic missile test which North Korea said was its strongest ever. "And we must apply maximum global pressure in order to achieve a peaceful solution".

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Tillerson stated he had a productive discussion with Georgian Foreign Minister Janelidze in the frame of the ministerial. "The coalition has made significant progress". But this does not mean an end to the threat. Speaking after a dinner where he discussed Russia with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation foreign ministers Tuesday, Tillerson took a tougher stance than U.S. President Donald Trump, who has sought better relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Stoltenberg said the alliance partnership with Georgia is outstanding. "Our partnership is outstanding, our forces serve side by side in Afghanistan", said Stoltenberg.

Earlier in the day, Ministers reaffirmed their practical and political support for Georgia as well as their commitment to Georgia's eventual membership of the Alliance.

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