No fast-track NATO membership for Georgia, says MerkelStaff Writer | August 25, 2018
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday ruled out any fast-track NATO membership for Georgia, ten years after the alliance's leaders pledged the ex-Soviet nation would join the club.
Europe Georgia's bid to join the 29-nation military alliance has infuriated Russia
"Things come gradually," she said of the country's NATO integration during the first leg of her regional trip to the South Caucasus.
At a summit in Bucharest in 2008, NATO leaders said Georgia would become a NATO member at some point, but - under pressure from Merkel and France's then-president Nicolas Sarkozy - refused to put the tiny Black Sea nation on a formal membership path.
Georgia's bid to join the 29-nation military alliance has infuriated its Soviet-era master Russia. ■