Georgia and Ukraine are continuing their efforts to become NATO and EU members, senior officials from the two former Soviet republics have said.
Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili told the German Marshall Fund (GMF) of the United States’ Brussels Forum conference on 10 March, “We deserve to become members, we think we are entitled to become members” after dismantling the Soviet system. “And we believed that we were in this process, after the collapse of Soviet Union, fighting for our western values, fighting for our independence, and we’ve been harmed pretty badly.”
Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Ukraine’s vice prime minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration, recognised the “huge and ambitious task” her country and Georgia face in reaching and implementing EU association agreements and annual national (defence) plans with NATO while defending themselves against Russia.
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