Kobakhidze: Alasania jumped the gun by speaking of defense capabilities

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Parliament Vice-Speaker Manana Kobakhidze has said that Defense Minister of Georgia Irakli Alasania jumped the gun by making a statement about defense capabilities and that one needs to exercise more caution at such time. In response to a question of a host of Maestro TV's talk show on 8 April, whether the statement Irakli Alasania made from a high rostrum in the USA was not agreed inside the Georgian Dream coalition, Manana Kobakhidze said: "perhaps, it was premature to make that statement from such a high rostrum because something which is considered as an idea must not be articulated publicly."

According to Kobakhidze "this is such an issue about which the defense minister must make a statement after a political or other legal decision has been taken on the level of the government. If the decision is not taken legally or politically by observing those forms which must be observed, such a statement must of course not be made."

During a recent visit to the United States, Defense Minister of Georgian Irakli Alasania said that the West must offer NATO membership to aspirant countries and that air defense and anti-armor capabilities must be put in Georgia - "this is something we need to put in Georgia and Russians will understand that you are serious," Alasania told the Washington-based think-tank Atlantic Council's "Toward a Europe Whole and Free" conference on April 30.

NATO Secretary General's Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, James Appathurai said that Irakli Alasania's message was clear and the Alliance will consider his proposal about the installment of defense capabilities.

Assessing Alasania's statement, the Foreign Relations Secretary of the United National Movement Giga Bokeria said that Alasania's message was correct but the problem is that the government not only failed to work in this direction over the past year and a half but sent damaging, conflicting or inconsistent messages.

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