NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg urged Russia to withdraw its troops from the separatist regions of Georgia.

NATO chief Stoltenberg urged Russia to withdraw its troops from the territory of Georgia

After a meeting of foreign Ministers of NATO countries in Brussels, he said that the parties "discussed the strong commitment of NATO to the security and territorial integrity of Georgia," reports mediaUA, with reference to Radio Liberty.

"We remain concerned about the deepening of Russia's relations with Abkhazia and South Ossetia. We call on Russia to end the recognition of these regions and withdraw its forces from Georgian territory ", - said Stoltenberg.

NATO Secretary General said that the Ministers discussed "the successful efforts of Georgia to modernize its armed forces," the Alliance is "fully configured" to provide Tbilisi tips and tools needed to move towards eventual membership.

"Our armed forces more capable to operate together and are planning joint military exercises of NATO - Georgia 2019," - said Stoltenberg.

In 2008 Moscow after a five-day Russian-Georgian war recognized the separatist regions of Georgia - Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent countries. Besides Russia, the independence of these regions recognized by the three countries - Nicaragua, Venezuela and Nauru. The US and the West consider Abkhazia and South Ossetia as parts of Georgia.

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