Turkey aids Georgian military

Published June 12th, 2002 - 02:00 GMT

Turkey allocated 2.8 million dollars Tuesday to modernize the military of neighboring Georgia during a ceremony attended by Turkish Chief of Staff General Hussein Kivrikoglu.  


Georgian Defense Minister David Tavzadze said the latest grant came in addition to 27 million dollars received by his country's cash-strapped military from Ankara over the past four years.  


"We are only pursuing one goal by helping the Georgian military - supporting peace and stability in the Caucasus," Kivrikoglu said, according to AFP.  


Turkey, a member of NATO, has developed strong political, military and economic cooperation with Azerbaijan, with which it has close ethnic bonds, and with Georgia since the two republics gained independence following the collapse of the Soviet Union.  


Cooperation between Georgia and Turkey and the United States has annoyed Russia, as has Tbilisi's declared intention to try to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in the year 2005. (albawaba.com) 

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