About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 10:55 - 1 May.'18
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Defense Minister on Defense Reform, NATO
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 11 Apr.'17 / 18:04

The Minister of Defense of Georgia Levan Izoria spoke before the Georgian Parliament’s Defense and Security Committee on April 11, presenting the ongoing and planned changes in Georgia’s defense system.

Izoria stated that the Georgian reforms followed the changes in the defense policies of the Euro-Atlantic community that have occurred since 2014. According to Izoria, these changes reflect awareness of Russia as the main threat, and inform Georgia that besides equipment and training, the number of troops is also an important factor. Among the latest examples of these changes Izoria cited recent restoration of conscription in Sweden and Lithuania.

“We have an ambition to be strong not only in the international missions … but also to have within our own country the level of military preparedness high enough to adequately respond to a potential aggression,” said Izoria.

Izoria told the MPs that these concerns stood behind Georgia’s own reinstatement of conscription, as well as the planned introduction of the new reserve system as a key component of the total defense concept.

Another aspect of the reforms mentioned by Izoria concerned the defense budgeting. According to him, 70% of Georgia’s military budget was spent on salaries and social benefits - well over the NATO standard of 55% maximum. The Defense Minister explained that this was going to change, with larger portions of the budget directed towards equipment and combat readiness.

Izoria stressed the need for deterrence, saying that: “if the country is not protected, if its sovereignty is not provided for, we do not have a chance of development… So, these steps [strengthening of defense capabilities] must become in the long term a defensive umbrella in front of the dangers that threaten not only Georgia, but all Europe and the civilized world – the danger coming from Russia – which must be met with adequate response through strengthening our defensive, and only defensive capabilities.”

The Unites States is going to support improvement of Georgia’s defense capabilities through the new Georgia Defense Readiness Program, supported by the Foreign Military Financing (FMF) funds.

The program envisions establishment of a combat training center in Georgia, similar to the Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) in Hohenfels, Germany. Izoria said the center will probably be located in Vaziani, with Georgia investing 10 million Lari.

Another part of the program is consistent military training of the Georgian forces in accordance with the NATO standards for the next three to four years. Izoria said that nine Georgian infantry battalions would begin their training within the program from March 1, 2018.

Izoria has also informed the MPs that Georgia has offered NATO to send two of its military officers to serve at the headquarters of NATO’s Multinational Framework Brigade in Romania.

Latest News
01 May.'18 10:55
We Have Moved to a New Platform
Direct Your Bookmarks to https://civil.ge.
29 Apr.'18 03:54
Ruling Party Candidate Wins MP By-Elections
Givi Chichinadze will represent Vani and Khoni single-mandate constituency in the Parliament of Georgia.
28 Apr.'18 09:40
Polls Open for Vani and Khoni MP By-Elections
48,123 voters are eligible to cast their ballots in Vani and Khoni single-mandate constituency.
27 Apr.'18 17:23
State Dept’s Europe Affairs Point Man to Visit Tbilisi
Wess Mitchell will meet senior government officials and address the NATO-Georgia Public Diplomacy Forum.
27 Apr.'18 13:45
In Quotes: Georgian Politicians on Ex-PM Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Comeback
Bidzina Ivanishvili will be approved as the Georgian Dream party chairman at the upcoming convention.
26 Apr.'18 18:15
SG Jens Stoltenberg: Georgia NATO’s ‘Very Close’ Partner
The NATO Secretary General says Foreign Ministers meeting tomorrow will recognize the country’s progress.
26 Apr.'18 14:24
Ex-PM Ivanishvili to Chair Georgian Dream Party
Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said Ivanishvili was ‘best equipped’ to add new dynamism to the party.
26 Apr.'18 11:12
Lawmaker Proposes Criminal Liability for ‘Insult of Religious Feelings’
The parliamentary human rights committee decided to set up a working group for scrutinizing the draft law.
25 Apr.'18 17:21
New Abkhaz Government Head Appointed
Gennady Gagulia has served as the Abkhaz “prime minister” twice - in 1995-1997, and 2002-2003.
25 Apr.'18 14:43
Watchdog Improves Georgia’s Press Freedom Ranking
None of the countries of the former Soviet Union (except the Baltics) are ranked ahead of Georgia.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2019, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
37