Sec-Gen Jens Stoltenberg stressed at the press conference in Brussel that Russia has no right to block Georgia's path to the alliance and emphasized that NATO's door is open.
In Stoltenberg's words, he has met the Georgia Prime Minister and conveyed the same message by underscoring that NATO supports Georgia's Euro-Atlantic aspirations.
According to the NATO chief, one of the issues they discussed at the ministerial, with the U.S. Secretary of State present at it, was that of Russia, which, as Stoltenberg states, has reiterated that it is entitled to prevent some countries from joining NATO. "Neither of the countries, except for NATO and aspirant countries themselves, is entitled to determine when it becomes a NATO member. Every sovereign country, including Georgia, is entitled to this right," he concluded.