Germany (one of the original opponents of Georgia’s membership in NATO) has reversed course as the extent of Russian aggression has revealed itself.
AFP: Georgia ‘will join NATO’: Merkel
TBILISI (AFP) â€” German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday assured Georgia would join NATO as she strongly backed the ex-Soviet republic’s President Mikheil Saakashvili in his conflict with Russia.
“Georgia will become a member of NATO if it wants to — and it does want to,” she told reporters before talks with Saakashvili in Tbilisi.
It was one of the strongest statements yet of support for Georgia’s NATO membership bid, which is fiercely opposed by Russia.
“We are on a clear road towards NATO membership (for Georgia),” she added at a later news conference.
On August 12, German Defence Minister Franz Josef Jung had said the conflict in the Caucusus had changed nothing with regard to Georgia’s chances of joining the NATO military alliance.
At the last NATO summit in Bucharest in April, leaders agreed that Georgia and Ukraine should join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization eventually, but neither nation was given candidate status and no timetables were set.
The United States is strongly in favour of Georgia joining NATO, but misgivings from France and Germany prevented Tbilisi being awarded full candidate status in Bucharest.
Russia is a state in the Gap, a Central Asian dictatorship fundamentally similar to the rest of the Afro-Islamic Gap. and so it is wise for the Old Core (for whom any struggle with Russia is a fight of discipline) and the New Core (for whom a struggle with Russia may be a fight for survival) to use NATO as a “firewall,” preventing the worst exports of Russia from reaching the New Core.