NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg hits a hammer to start the session during a meeting of the North Atlantic Council at a gathering of NATO defence ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

10 years on, NATO says Georgia will one day join

October 03, 2018 - 12:54 pm

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says that Georgia will one day join the alliance, 10 years after the military organization first promised the former Soviet Republic it would become a member.

After chairing talks in Brussels on Wednesday between Georgian and NATO defense ministers, Stoltenberg said that "NATO's door remains open."

He called on Russia to end its recognition of breakaway Abkhazia and South Ossetia "and to withdraw its forces from these regions of Georgia."

Stoltenberg said the allies "encourage Georgia to continue along the path of reform."

Russian forces entered Georgia in August 2008, a few months after NATO leaders first promised the country it would join, along with Ukraine.

Russia's prime minister warned in July that any attempt by NATO to incorporate Georgia could trigger a "horrible" new conflict.

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