Tuesday, May 30, 2023

The president of Georgia accuses the government of “hugging itself” with Russia in the middle of the war in Ukraine

It calls for restrictions on Russians living in the country


The president of Georgia, Salome Zurabishvili, accused the government this Friday of “conflicts with the Western countries” and “hugging”, while the Russian authorities are in the middle of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“Our foreign policy has become incomprehensible, even though Europe is written in our constitution. Daily actions distance us from Europe and drive us into isolation,” he lamented.

So he points out that “the question is whether we forget these words, whether we turn our backs on our friends and allies, in the countries that have moved hands for 30 years and helped us to build and shape the state”.

In this sense, in a televised speech on the occasion of Georgia’s independence day, he warned the Government to “be grateful to those who occupy our borders”.

The president also addressed the restoration of air communication with Russia after the resumption of flights and qualified as “insulting”. “It is incomprehensible to me to think of a million, which will bring us a flying gift. It is about selling our dignity for 200 or 300 million.”

On the other hand, he called for restrictions against Russian citizens residing in the country and said it was “incomprehensible” that the authorities had not introduced such measures.

“It is not clear why there are no legal measures against those who come from Russia, against their activities, especially in areas such as health and education, or about the acquisition of assets of the statutory currency without payment,” he said.

Zurabishvili has repeatedly criticized the government’s position and urged the country’s security council to introduce three-month visas for Russian citizens who want to visit Georgia.

The plan to resume flights with Russia has been heavily criticized by the United States and the European Union. The US State Department has warned of the possible “damage” sanctions could cause against Russian law enforcement.

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