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MOSCOW, September 9 (RIA Novosti) - Georgia will not join NATO next year as it was earlier stated by President Mikheil Saakashvili, the Georgian defense minister said on Monday.
In an interview with Russian magazine Kommersant Vlast, Defense Minister Irakly Alasaniya said it was “unrealistic” that Georgia would join the military bloc next year, denying Saakashvili’s pledge in 2012 that the country would obtain NATO membership in 2014.
The minister also said that Georgia prepares for withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan and was ready to take part in other NATO-led military operations.
Georgia is the largest non-NATO contributor to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan with over 1,500 troops deployed in the Helmand province and in the capital, Kabul.
In all, 29 Georgian servicemen have been killed in Afghanistan since 2009, when Georgia joined the NATO-led force fighting Taliban in the war-torn Central Asian country.
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- Mikhail1228NATO VS THE SCO05:24, 01/10/2013Russia is a founding member state of The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation or SCO an intergovernmental military alliance of mutual security.
Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Forces:
Active personnel 5,325,000
Reserve personnel 7,675,000
Available personnel for immediate activation and Conscription 192,039,958
Total of personnel 205,039,958
The EU is headed towards total economic collapse. NATO is an organization on its death bed.
NATO is small compared to the SCO!
New ties between Russia and Japan would mark not only a breakthrough in their relations but also a significant shift in Northeast Asia’s political dynamic. Both are secondary players in a region overshadowed by an increasingly assertive China, which has not hesitated to push against the boundaries of its neighbors.