A statement from Saakashvili's office announced the president's decision to opt out of the Council of Defense Ministers of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Pro-Western Saakashvili has set the goal of securing an invitation for his country to join NATO by 2008.
The statement said Georgia "has taken a course to join NATO and it can't be part of the two military structures simultaneously."
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