Deputy Assistant Secretary Bridget Brink’s comment to the media on the sidelines of the second day of the McCain Conference (September 13)

Deputy Assistant Secretary Bridget Brink’s comment to the media on the sidelines of the second day of the McCain Conference (September 13)

 

Q-n:   How would you summarize this session?

DAS Brink: Well thanks a lot, it’s been a real honor to be here as part of the McCain Institute and EPRC Conference to talk about Georgia and Georgia’s future, and the future of the transatlantic alliance.  I would just summarize the afternoon session as a really interesting set of conversations about why the transatlantic alliance is important, how the United States and the other members of the NATO alliance continue to support the open door policy, and where Georgia fits into all of this.  So it was, from my perspective, a really useful set of conversations with experts from Europe, from America, and also of course from Georgia.

Q-n:  How can the United States help Georgia to solve the problem of Russian aggression?

DAS Brink:  We’re going to keep doing what we have been doing, which is to do everything possible on the political level to show our very, very strong support for Georgia, for Georgia’s territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.  I know that and am proud that Vice President Pence was recently in Georgia at the end of July when he reinforced U.S. policy and reiterated U.S. support for the Bucharest Summit commitment that Georgia will become a member of NATO.  In addition to that, we have other mechanisms, including assistance support and other support, that we’re very proud to continue.

Q-n:  Comment on the Joint Statement of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission Defense and Security Cooperation Working Group

DAS Brink:  I know just today a statement on the strategic security talks was released, and that’s a very important forum for the United States and Georgia to talk about our bilateral security relationship, which includes the incredible contribution that Georgia is making to Afghanistan, but also very importantly, it includes our bilateral efforts to strengthen Georgia’s resilience and self-defense.