NATO-Georgia relations: NATO drills kick off in Georgia

11:55 Nov. 10, 2016

NATO drills kick off in Georgia

NATO drills in Georgia in May, 2016 (GettyImages Photo)

Ukraine is also participating, according to Georgian media

New NATO exercises are about to kick off at the Krtsanisi National Training Center, outside Georgia's capital Tbilisi.

The drills will be the first joint multinational brigade-level, computer assisted trainings between the country and the Alliance, according to Agenda.ge.

Read also: NATO and Georgia work closely on protecting the Black Sea region

‘The NATO-Georgia Exercise 2016 is a landmark exercise for Georgia and a significant milestone in strengthening NATO-Georgia military cooperation', Georgia's Ministry of Defense said.

Thirteen NATO members and two partner countries of the Alliance are expected to take part in the drills, which are said to last 10 days.

Read also: Russia slams NATO-Georgia military drills

Ukraine is among the countries, that take part in the drills. The list also icludes Turkey, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Belgium, Slovenia, United Kingdom, United States and Macedonia.

Overall about 250 servicemen will be working on improving the cooperation between NATO and Georgia's armed forces, aimed at reacting to crisis situations.

The drills are a part of the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package, a series of 13 defense capacity measures agreed in 2014.

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