A joint training center of NATO and Georgia has opened on the premises of the Krtsanisi military base near Tbilisi.
The center will coach servicemen from Georgia, alliance member countries and partner states. This is not just one building and offices but also ranges and other facilities across Georgia, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at the center's opening ceremony on Aug.27.
He told Georgian government members, parliamentarians and a company of Georgian servicemen, trained to join the NATO Response Force, that the event was of paramount importance to cooperation between NATO and Georgia.
"This center does not pose a threat to any neighboring country," Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said.
The opening of the joint training center is "symbolic because the center development process will be long-term," Chairman of the Georgian Joint Chiefs of Staff Vakhtang Kapanadze said.
The Georgian Defense Ministry said earlier that the center would be training servicemen from Georgia, alliance member countries and partner states. A similar NATO center training mountain troops has been operating in the Georgian town of Sachkhere for several years.
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