Georgia tycoon says confident ex-Soviet state can join NATO soon

Reuters News

10/9/2012 6:10:28 AM - Reuters News

TBILISI (Reuters) - The Georgian tycoon whose opposition coalition won a parliamentary election expressed confidence on Tuesday that the former Soviet republic would be able to join NATO soon, emphasising relations with the West are a paramount priority.

"We are striving toward Europe and Georgia will definitely be able to become a member of NATO soon," Bidzina Ivanishvili, who intends to become prime minister once parliament convenes, said after a meeting with President Mikheil Saakashvili.

(Reporting by Margarita Antidze; Editing by Steve Gutterman)