UKRAINE, GE­OR­GIA LEAN ON WEST AGAINST RUS­SIA

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Tbil­isi, Ge­or­gia - The pres­i­dents of Ukraine and Ge­or­gia on Tues­day agreed to work to­gether to fur­ther their am­bi­tions to join NATO and the Euro­pean Union, in de­fi­ance of threats from former master Rus­sia.

Both of the ex-Soviet states have been torn apart by con­flicts with Moscow-backed sep­a­ratists as they seek to wrig­gle out from un­der the Krem­lin’s thumb and shift to­wards the West.

“We agreed to de­mand jointly and even more ac­tively Ge­or­gia’s and Ukraine’s in­te­gra­tion in the Euro­pean and Euro-At­lantic space,” Ge­or­gian Pres­i­dent Giorgi Margve­lashvili said.

“[The two coun­tries’] in­de­pen­dence and democ­racy face the very same threats,” said Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko in Tbil­isi, ad­ding that they ‘will co­or­di­nate steps’ in their quest for EU and NATO mem­ber­ship.

Both Kiev and Tbil­isi have made join­ing US-led mil­i­tary bloc NATO and the Euro­pean Union key long-term ob­jec­tives.

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