NATO never recognize separatist regimes in Abkhazia and South Ossetia: Special Representative

The NATO follows its position and does not intend to recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia, NATO Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the South Caucasus and Central Asia, Robert Simmons said after a meeting in the Georgian Foreign Ministry on October 9.

Simmons met with Deputy Foreign Minister Georgi Bokeria and discussed the prospects of the NATO- Georgia relations.

According to Simmons, Russia should fully implement the Sarkozy-Medvedev agreement, which stipulates withdrawal of Russian troops to pre-war positions.

Simmons also discussed expansion of the NATO and noted that it depends only on the countries of the alliance, and Russia has no veto in this matter.

“At the Bucharest Summit, it was stated that Georgia will join the NATO and this decision is in force. All depends on when Georgia will reach the standards of the alliance,” Simmons added.

Regarding the latest meeting, Simmons said that implementation of obligations necessary for approaching to the NATO standards was considered at the meeting.

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