"What President Obama said is absolutely adequate and this is the reality – that at this point there are no plans for NATO expansion," Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Garibashvili said on 27 March, following the US President's statement that "neither Ukraine or Georgia are currently on a path to NATO membership" and that " there has not been any immediate plans for expansion of NATO's membership."
Garibashvili said the Government of Georgia should be "consistent" and carry on its reforms, as well as its progress towards the European Union, and continue developing.
"We should not be in illusions. We should always assess the existing situation realistically. What President Obama said is absolutely adequate and this is the reality – that at this point there are no plans for NATO expansion. The task and the goal of our government is to provide correct information to the population, not to create false expectations, like it used to happen during the previous government's term. The expectations used to be artificially raised, followed by disappointment. We offer the population the opposite, we want to offer them the reality," the PM said.
Commenting on the US leader's statement, Foreign Minister of Georgia, Maia Panjikidze stressed President Barack Obama "did not say that Georgia and Ukraine are not on the path to NATO."
"Georgia is firmly going on the path to NATO. This means that on its way it is carrying out democratic reforms, it is strengthening the democracy and this is the main thing. We have never said that Georgia will become NATO member at this year's summit. We used to always say, and it will be so, that the progress that took place in Georgia for the last one year and a half - two years, will be reflected on this summit," Panjikidze said.