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North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to boost Georgia coastguard ties to counter Russian Federation

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NATO asks Russia to pull out from Abkhazia and South Ossetia, promises membership to Georgia

Stoltenberg said Wednesday that NATO was backing Georgia's "successful efforts to modernize its armed forces", which have operated under NATO command in Afghanistan, and would take part in a 2019 NATO-Georgia joint military exercise.

The foreign ministers will also consider making it easier to transfer troops between European Union countries.

"In eastern Ukraine we join our European partners in maintaining sanctions until Russian Federation withdraws its forces from the Donbass (region) and meets its Minks commitments", Tillerson said, referring to a previous deal to promote peace in Ukraine.

Stoltenberg said North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ministers also discussed Georgia's "successful efforts to modernize its armed forces" and that the alliance is "fully committed" to providing Tbilisi with the advice and tools needed to move toward eventual membership.

"We are very very for strengthening the cooperation with the Georgian coastguard. because the Black Sea is of great importance for Georgia but also of course for Nato", Stoltenberg said.

He recalled that the Allies had agreed at the Warsaw summit in 2016 that the approach to Russian Federation, including defense and dialogue, was effective.

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Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze, who attended the Commission on behalf of Georgia, held a bilateral meeting with Jens Stoltenberg, as well as his Italian counterpart Angelino Alfano.

Stoltenberg congratulated Tbilisi for continuing progress on its reforms.

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.

European security and North Korea will be the main talking points at a meeting of Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski and other NATO foreign ministers in Brussels on Tuesday.

"We discussed NATO's strong commitment to Georgia's security and territorial integrity and reviewed the many ways that Georgia and the alliance are working together", Stoltenberg said.

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