Combined Military Drills of US and UK near Russia borders
The US has sent some of its M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks across the Black Sea to Georgia for the "Noble Partner 2016" exercises, which will last until May 26 at the Vaziani training area outside the capital Tbilisi.
"Georgia will definitely become a member of NATO ," he said. "Because that's necessary for a stable, more peaceful world."
The Pentagon's website said "Noble Partner emphasizes USAREUR 's (US Army Europe) abilities to quickly move soldiers and equipment throughout Europe and operate together within a coalition in any potential future operation."
The US-led alliance argues it is responding to the Kremlin's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.
Georgia 's Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said Tuesday that "these exercises are not directed against anyone. There is no trace of provocation."
Speaking at the opening of a NATO training centre in Georgia last year, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that Tbilisi "already has the necessary tools to make progress towards membership."