NewsPostponed military drills in Georgia due to accusations from Tbilisi

Postponed military drills in Georgia due to accusations from Tbilisi

Military exercises of the USA with Georgians have been postponed
Military exercises of the USA with Georgians have been postponed
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Tomasz Waleński

6 July 2024 07:37, updated: 6 July 2024 08:45

Allegations against Washington and the "false" narrative of the government in Tbilisi are behind the USA's decision to postpone the Noble Partner military exercises in Georgia.

In a statement released on Friday, the Pentagon called the decision to postpone the exercises "not taken lightly".

The statement issued by the U.S. Department of Defense emphasised that the decision to postpone the Noble Partner exercises is "a comprehensive review of the United States – Georgia bilateral relationship," adding that "As part of that review, the United States will indefinitely postpone this iteration of exercise." This was initiated due to the Georgian government's policy, which included adopting the so-called foreign agents law.

The exercises were scheduled to take place from 25 July to 6 August.

Exercises postponed. "False accusations against the United States"

"On May 30, The US government began a full review of all bilateral cooperation with Georgia. The decision to postpone this iteration of NOBLE PARTNER is due to the Georgian government's false accusations against the United States and other western entities, to pressure Georgia to open a second front against Russia to alleviate pressure on Ukraine, and of participating in two coup attempts against the ruling party. As such, the United States Government has determined that this is an inappropriate time to hold a large-scale military exercise in Georgia," the Pentagon said.

As emphasised, these accusations are part of an anti-Western narrative that the ruling party, Georgian Dream, has adopted in recent months. The backdrop of this change was the mass protests against introducing Georgia's so-called foreign agents law. The Georgian Dream government has coined the theory of the Global War Party, which includes everyone who criticises it.

Harsh words from the President of Georgia

"By adopting the Russian law (on foreign agents – ed.), the Georgian government has jeopardised our path to the EU. Now, because of insults and accusations against American partners, the strategic partnership, which is the basis for strengthening our defence forces and bringing them closer to NATO standards, is at risk," Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili stated on Facebook on Friday.

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