NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said when asked if the findings of the EU-commissioned report on the August war would influence on Georgia’s aspiration to join the alliance, that the report “will not have any impact on the decisions already made in NATO.”
Recalling the 2008 NATO Bucharest summit decision, Rasmussen said at a news conference on October 7, that Georgia and Ukraine would one day become the alliance members providing that they meet NATO standards.
On the report itself NATO Secretary General said: “According to the report there have been mistakes on the both sides in this conflict. However, I think that the most important thing now is to focus on the future.”
“I would encourage all parties in this conflict to show restraint and refrain from any step that could increase tensions in the region,” he added.
He also reiterated that NATO allies “insist on respect for sovereignty of Georgia and Georgia’s territorial integrity.”