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Ukraine, Georgia Offer Control of the Black Sea in Exchange for NATO Membership

Georgian English-language media reported on April 5 that their nation’s head of government, Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, took the occasion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s 72 anniversary to offer the military alliance an intriguing quid pro quo.

In exchange for being inducted into NATO as a full member (“The pursuit of NATO membership [is] Georgia’s top foreign and security policy priority”), he would guarantee his nation would contribute to “the expansion of the Alliance towards the Black Sea,” as that penetration and domination of an inland sea that includes Russia as a littoral state “is a necessary condition for European and world security.” Hence, the proposed trade-off would be mutually beneficial as “NATO needs Georgia as much as we need it.”

That the NATO anniversary occurred on a Sunday, and on Easter Sunday on the Gregorian calendar at that, meant nothing to the Georgian prime minister. NATO comes first, foremost and exclusively.

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