NATO exercises in Georgia start on July 30

 NATO exercises in Georgia start on July 30

NATO's multinational military exercise 'Noble Partner - 2017' will start in Georgia on July 30 and last until August 12. The exercises at the military base in Vaziani near Tbilisi will be joined by the armed forces of eight countries - Georgia, Turkey, Armenia, the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Slovenia and Ukraine.

The exercises is aimed at ensuring stability, improving defensive or offensive skills, deepening cooperation between the armed forces of Georgia and other NATO countries, improving the training capabilities of NATO forces, and developing cooperation between NATO countries, the Georgian Defence ministry recalled.

US Vice President Mike Pence is expected to attend the opening of the exercises. During the visit, he will meet with Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili and Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili.