TBILISI — The Georgian army began two weeks of military exercises with the United States and other partner countries on Sunday, a day before U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visits the ex-Soviet nation.
About 2,800 soldiers from the United States, Britain, Germany, Turkey, Ukraine, Slovenia, Armenia and Georgia were taking part in the maneuvers, with Washington dispatching an entire mechanized company including several Bradley infantry fighting vehicles and M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks.
An Abrams Main Battle Tank is loaded onto a ferry for shipment to Georgia during an earlier exercise. Photo from US Army/Facebook.
Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said the drills were an important event for the South Caucasus republic.
“These exercises will help Georgia to get closer to NATO standards and to strengthen stability in the whole region,” Kvirikashvili said at the opening ceremony on Sunday.
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