US Tillerson says no normalization of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ties with Russian Federation

NATO 'strongly' committed to Georgia's security

"From the Western Balkans to Afghanistan, NATO has great experience in training local forces and building the capacity of local institutions", NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at the end of a two-day meeting of the Alliance's Foreign Ministers in Brussels.

The Secretary General touched upon the NATO-Russia relations as well, saying the Foreign Ministers agreed that the approach to Russia "decided at the Warsaw Summit in 2016 - defense and dialogue - has been effective".

"In eastern Ukraine we join our European partners in maintaining sanctions until Russian Federation withdraws its forces from the Donbass (region) and meets its Minks commitments", Tillerson said, referring to a previous deal to promote peace in Ukraine.

European security and North Korea will be the main talking points at a meeting of Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski and other NATO foreign ministers in Brussels on Tuesday. Only a few countries followed Russia's lead.

Opening the Commission meeting, the Secretary General said the Alliance was "strongly committed to Georgia's security and territorial integrity".

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"Last night, NATO Ministers had a good discussion on two issues: Russian Federation and North Korea. We have strengthened our collective defense, at the same time remaining open to dialogue", - said Stoltenberg.

In late July, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited Georgia in a trip timed to correspond with the Noble Partner 2017 military exercises that featured some 1,600 U.S., 800 Georgian, and other allied troops in a show of defiance to Moscow.

"NATO is grateful for Georgia's many contributions to Euro-Atlantic security, especially the service of the highly-skilled men and women of the Georgian military", he added in a news conference after the meeting.

Meanwhile, Tillerson hailed what he called "a productive discussion" with Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze.

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