U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Senate Majority Whip and Chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus have visited Georgia.
According to the foreign policy researcher and international secretary of the analytical centre Geocase, Nikoloz Khatiashvili, "this visit underlines the strength of the strategic ties between the two countries."
As he said, "the U.S. pays special attention to increasing American involvement in the security of the Black Sea region and strengthening ties with the countries of the region."
"It should be noted that this visit was carried out against the backdrop of the ongoing war in Ukraine, which had a great impact on the order in the Black Sea region. Senator Jeanne Shaheen was one of the co-authors of the resolution, which required the U.S. executive branch to develop a strategy for the Black Sea region. The fact that the senators are travelling from Georgia to another country of the Black Sea region - Romania, is a clear expression of the fact that the U.S. pays special attention to increasing American involvement in the security of the Black Sea region and strengthening ties with the countries of the region." he said.
According to him, "it will be critical to work with American politicians and decision-makers to ensure Georgia's proper place in U.S. strategy toward the Black Sea."
"It will be important that in this strategy, along with political support, aspects of practical support will be reflected, which will greatly benefit Georgia. On the one hand, increasing American involvement in the security of the Black Sea region will play an important role in deterring Russia and ensuring stability and peace in the region. On the other hand, it will give Georgia the opportunity to strengthen its security, take strategic ties with the U.S. to a new level, and increase its regional role. This process will automatically have a positive influence on the process of Georgia's joining NATO and will bring us closer to the Alliance," Khatiashvili said.