BRUSSELS (Sputnik) – NATO military experts to begin training the first company of the Georgian armed forces in May, alliance's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday.
"In May, our Joint Training Centre in Tbilisi will start training the first Georgian company," Stoltenberg said at a press conference following a meeting of the NATO-Georgia Commission.
Stoltenberg said that Georgia had been successfully implementing reforms in accordance with the requirements of NATO and therefore was "moving closer" to the alliance.
In 1992, as Georgia became a sovereign state, it joined the North Atlantic Cooperation Council, later engaging in other NATO programs. In 2008, NATO supported Georgia's bid to join the alliance, and established a commission to oversee the process of Georgian accession to NATO.