Turkey sponsors modernization of Georgian military airfield on Azerbaijan-Armenia border

Tbilisi has published a report by the Defence and Security Committee of the Georgian Parliament, in which it is important to step up military-technical cooperation with Turkey. Among other things, according to the report, Ankara provided a grant of USD 17.5 million to the Georgian Ministry of Defence at the end of last year. The grant was awarded to Tbilisi on the basis of an intergovernmental agreement on military technical cooperation between Georgia and Turkey for the purchase of military goods and services, as well as for the modernization of a military airfield in Marneuli near the Azerbaijan and Armenia borders. On February 15, informs publication “Kommersant”.
During the Soviet years, this military airfield was considered an important link in the air system of the South Caucasus military area. After the collapse of the USSR, it was used by the Georgian Air Force. A number of “Su-25” attack aircraft manufactured at the Tbilisi aviation plant are stationed at the airport.
Irakli Aladashvili, editor-in-chief of the military-analytical magazine “Arsenali”, noted in an interview with “Kommersant” that in the face of the pandemic and the general economic crisis, Turkey has still found funds to help the Georgian army modernize the Marneuli military airfield in the South Caucasus. I. Aladashvili also emphasized that Turkey had repeatedly assisted the Georgian Ministry of Defence in recent years by supplying the neighbouring country with various military equipment, including two “Iroquois” helicopters.
In the so-called five-day war of 2008, Russian Air Force aircraft bombed Marneuli airfield intensively to prevent Georgian aviation from flying to South Ossetia.
In addition to Marneuli Airport in Georgia, there are at least two other airfields of the former USSR Armed Forces, one in the western Georgian town of Senaki and the other in Vaziani, near the Georgian capital Tbilisi.

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There is active cooperation between Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia in various formats and levels in the region.
Following the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1992, Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan began to develop bilateral cooperation in various fields, including the military. As early as 1992, Turkey and Azerbaijan signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of military education. In 1996, an agreement on co-operation in the field of military training, technology and science was signed between Georgia and Turkey, Turkey and Azerbaijan, and in 1997 on co-operation in the field of military training. The format of military cooperation between the three countries emerged after 2006-2007, when the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline and the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum gas pipeline required cooperation between the three countries' forces.
Today, there is active cooperation between Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia at various levels and formats. For example, the ninth meeting of the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey will take place in Baku on 19 February.