After the NATO Summit held on 22 May in Chicago, USA, President Mikheil Saakashvili announced that during the one taking place next year Georgia will have a chance to gain a full membership of the organization. But will it really?
The past Summit was the first one for a long while during which no decisions regarding admission of new NATO members were taken. Delegations of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Macedonia and Montenegro returned to their countries without NATO’s official declaration of their future membership. Perhaps the Georgian President, participating in the Summit, was in reality somewhere else while he was saying in an interview held in Chicago: “”Hillary Clinton, as well as others, has stated that the next summit will be enlargement summit – consensus is being established about it right now…The next summit is due to take place in 2014 and Georgia has very good chances of becoming a full-fledged member of NATO together with the three Balkans countries. I have never been so sure of that as I am now”.
Is an enlargement still a key issue for NATO? Are there funds for such actions? The problem of Georgia is the most complex one, for Russian troops are occupying a part of its territory, and until it is solved, NATO will not accept it into its structures. Yet a head of state cannot arrive without some good news, so perhaps this is the source of presidential optimism.
Translated by KD