Georgia,Turkey: NATO’s Front Line against Iran and Russia

Excerpts from Daily Sabah and Anadolu Agency. The two nations, one a NATO member and the other a NATO Enhanced Opportunities Partner, are also united in isolating Russia in the Black Sea region and turning the sea into a NATO preserve. August 8 will mark the thirteenth anniversary of Georgia’s invasion of South Ossetia and five-day war with Russia. The third country involved in the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline, the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum natural gas pipeline and the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railroad as their names indicate is Azerbaijan. Those three projects were designed to drive Russia and Iran out of the Caspian Sea-to-Europe energy market. –

[A] high-level strategic cooperation council was established in 2016 to further improve ties. Turkey and Georgia also cooperate on several projects.

One of these projects, the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum pipeline, started delivering gas to the Turkish network in July 2007. By last year, it had delivered 3.4 billion barrels of crude oil shipped from the marine terminal at Ceyhan in southern Turkey to global markets in 14 years. Similarly, the 1,076-kilometer (669-mile) Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline started delivering Caspian oil to Turkey and global markets in 2006.

Another major project, the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railroad, opened in 2017 and connected not just Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan but also Europe to Central Asia and China.

Turkey is a strong supporter of Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. It does not recognize the so-called independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and wants these conflicts resolved in a peaceful manner within the scope of Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty,” [Georgian Consul General Gela] Japaridze said.

He also reminded that Turkey supports Georgia’s efforts for integration with the European Union as well as Atlantic institutions [i.e., NATO).