Senator John McCain has called on US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to support Georgia in the NATO summit in Chicago.
"The Chicago Summit is a great opportunity to express support for Georgia's membership in NATO. I call upon you to continue diplomatic efforts to ensure that this Summit will mark significant progress towards the integration of Georgia into NATO and it will be a good opportunity for the membership of Tbilisi", McCain said in a letter.
It also mentions the active participation of Georgia in the war in Afghanistan and the Russian occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
McCain called the State Secretary to use the Chicago summit to once again support the territorial integrity of Georgia and emphasized that the United States is taking the lead in the way of Georgia's NATO aspirations.
In addition, the issue of Georgia was discussed at a meeting of the subcommittee on NATO and European Affairs in the US Congress. The meeting was attended by senior officials of the State Department and Pentagon.
The presence of Russian troops in the occupied territories of Georgia will not affect our decision, meanwhile, said Deputy Assistant of US Secretary of State Tina Kaidanow in response to Congressman Ted Poe, who believes that one of the reasons Georgia's to be a NATO member is the presence of Russian troops on its territory.
Tina Kaidanow noted a strong belief of America that none of the countries should be limited to select which organization to join, and each country should decide the matter itself.
"The presence of Russian troops in the occupied territories of Georgia will not affect our decision. The United States and NATO supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia. US and Georgian presidents have recently met in Washington. It was a very fruitful meeting. High-level relations between us will continue in the future. We believe that before we had very well expressed our position with regard to Georgia", said Kaidanow.
Asked by the congressman what was done in a specific situation where 25 percent of Georgian territories are occupied, Tina Kaidanow said that US support reforms in Georgia.
Statements made by us are very important, and we in the future will support the territorial integration. With regard to practical action, we support reforms in Georgia in terms of democracy and economy. These are very important actions.
We are already seeing positive results of this. Georgia are fulfilling a very important role in the operation in Afghanistan, and we appreciate it all.
The current administration has also supported the allocation of billion tranche aid to Georgia. I think, on this basis, is clearly visible our approach for Georgia", said Tina Kaidanow.
The fact that Georgia has earned membership in NATO by involving in a war against Islam and Muslims in Afghanistan, said US Rep. of Indiana Dan Burton.
"Georgia is the best candidate for NATO membership and deserves Applique Plan for NATO membership at the Chicago summit", said Burton at a meeting of the Subcommittees of NATO and European Affairs, where invited senior officials of US State Department and Pentagon.
According to Burton, this decision will help Georgia in the successful implementation of reforms.
"The members of NATO will also have to properly assess the contribution of Georgia in the peacekeeping mission (thus the Western aggressors call military aggression and occupation - KC) in Afghanistan. Georgia will soon have the most soldiers per capita. Georgian troops are in the dangerous Helmand province, where they are fighting shoulder to shoulder with the US military. Unfortunately, a Georgian sergeant has died this week", said the congressman, telling how zealously the Georgia is fighting against the Muslims of Afghanistan.
Congressman Eliot Engel for his part said that it was necessary to begin the process of expansion, as happened after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
"We have been supporting Georgia's accession to NATO. I hope this happens soon, and other countries, including Kosovo, will become members of the alliance. In my opinion, it is necessary to begin the process of expansion, as happened after the collapse of the Soviet Union. These countries can become members of NATO", said the congressman.
In turn, Vice-President of the Atlantic Council of the United States David Wilson said that the NATO Alliance must avoid granting Russia a veto on the extension.
"If the Alliance declared that Georgia will not become a member of NATO unless Russia leaves the occupied territories, thus it will give Russia a veto over NATO enlargement process. And the alliance should not allow this to happen", pointed out David Wilson at a meeting of the Subcommittees of NATO and European Affairs of the US Congress.
According to Wilson, Germany was admitted to the alliance divided into two parts.
"I think, to solve problems in the South Caucasus was a very important decision of the Bucharest summit, where it was said that Georgia will join NATO. We continue to work with Georgia in the framework of NATO-Georgia Commission to help the country in implementing the political and defense reforms. We must create the environment necessary for a dialogue on the issues of Abkhazia and South Ossetia", said Wilson.
Department of Monitoring