Georgia launches joint military drills with NATO countries,

Georgia, a former Soviet republic, has launched joint maneuvers with several NATO members as part of Tbilisi’s longstanding bid to join the alliance. The Noble Partner drill has triggered further tensions with Moscow.

The Georgian military has begun large-scale joint military exercises involving some 2,800 troops from NATO countries including the US, France, the UK and Poland.

The forces will participate in the Noble Partner 2020 exercises at the Vaziani and Camp Norio training centers near the capital, Tbilisi.

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia said Monday the drills are ”the most important component of efforts to make Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration achievable.” Läs artikel