STATEMENT: Ambassador Kelly on NATO/Montenegro/Georgia (December 2)

Q: What policy Georgia should pursue to get results in terms of NATO integration.

Ambassador Kelly: “Of course I cannot speak for NATO, I’m not the ambassador to NATO, but what I can say is that the United States is fully supportive of Georgia’s aspirations to join NATO, that we believe firmly in the open door policy for NATO membership, and that Georgia has all the practical tools that it needs to become a member of NATO. Regarding what Georgia should be doing? They should continue doing what they are doing in terms of cooperation with NATO, particularly in terms of the Substantial Package of Cooperation that NATO offered in Wales.”

Q: When it will be Georgia’s turn to become a member of NATO.

Ambassador Kelly: “As I said, the U.S. believes that Georgia has all the practical tools that it needs to become a member of NATO. Of course, I think we probably should not go too far ahead in terms of what is going to happen in NATO today, but I think if Montenegro is offered a membership, I think what that does is it reinforces the idea that NATO remains open to enlargement, that it remains committed to the open door policy and as I say, I think that Georgia is already on track and we believe the same thing we believed in 2008 in Bucharest, that Georgia will become a member of NATO.”