Category Archives: Georgia

NATO to hold consultations with Ukraine, Georgia on NATO 2030 strategy

23:10, 21.10.20 – UNIAN There will be an expert report later on this year. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said the Alliance will hold consultations with Ukraine and Georgia on the NATO 2030 strategy. “There will be an expert report later on this year. And then I will, based on that report, and consultations and inputs and guidance from

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Ukraine Tells Russia: “Cease Military Aggression against Georgia”

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine said in its statement of August 7 that it “strongly condemns the military aggression of the Russian Federation against Georgia unleashed on August 7, 2008, the illegal occupation of Georgia’s sovereign territories in Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, as well as Russia’s occupation regime actions aimed at their actual annexation.” Ukrainian Foreign

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NATO forces return to the Black Sea

21:53, 14 July 2020 – UNIAN Apart from conducting maritime security patrols in international waters, the two exercises will help enhance interoperability between Allies and regional partners. Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group Two (SNMCMG2) units have entered the Black Sea for the second time this year to conduct further routine operations, and to

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Saakashvili: It is in Ukraine’s interest to remove Georgia’s pro-Russian government

The head of the executive committee of the Ukrainian National Council of Reforms, Mikheil Saakashvili, believes that the change of the current pro-Russian government of Georgia will be beneficial for Ukraine. “I believe that it is in the interests of Ukraine and the Ukrainian people to remove the pro-Russian government of Georgia. But that’s my personal opinion. I do not

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CASH CRUNCH

Shrinking Russian Subsidies Could Stoke Another Political Crisis in Georgia’s Abkhazia  Aslan Bzhania, the newly elected leader of Georgia’s breakaway region of Abkhazia, was one of a handful of foreign guests to attend Vladimir Putin’s delayed victory parade in late June. But the real reason for his visit was to ask for money. Earlier this month he announced that Russia

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LRT FACTS. Why is Lithuanian MEP accused of interfering in Georgia?

Jurga Bakaitė As Georgia prepares for general elections in October, a letter from Lithuanian MEP about the government’s treatment of opposition leaders has ruffled some feathers in Tbilisi. Andrius Kubilius has been accused by Georgia’s ruling politicians of exerting unacceptable pressure on the country’s domestic issues. Meanwhile, the Lithuanian MEP told LRT.lt the current situation in Tbilisi reminds of pre-Maidan

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NATO to Ramp Up Georgia’s Security Against ‘Aggressive’ Russia: Official

NATO will involve Georgia in its regional security program to help protect the Black Sea country from Russia’s “aggressive” cyber- and misinformation threats, the Western military bloc said Wednesday. Georgia’s NATO ambitions have angered Russia since 2008, when NATO leaders promised the Russian neighbor that it would one day join the alliance. Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned NATO that

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U.S. committed to Ukraine and Georgia to become future members of NATO

01:59, 02 April 2020 The Alliance pursues an open door policy. The United States is committed that Ukraine and Georgia to become the future members of NATO. “We are committed to all of those countries to become the future members of NATO. We want all of them,” Kay Bailey Hutchison, U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO, said during a LiveAtState briefing

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Georgian President Zurabishvili Reiterates Country’s Transatlantic Path

March 04, 2020 18:22 GMT TBILISI — In her annual state of the nation address, Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili has said Moscow’s policies will not divert her country from its path toward the European Union and NATO. “If Russia plans to use the occupation of Georgia’s territories…to force Georgia to renounce its aspirations, that kind of goal will never be

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‘The Experiment: Georgia’s Forgotten Revolution 1918-1921’

Eric Lee’s book illuminates a remarkable period in history. By Michele A. Berdy In January Eric Lee came to Moscow to present the Russian translation of his book, “The Experiment: Georgia’s Forgotten Revolution 1918-1921.” This followed the Georgian translation that was released the previous year. At Memorial International, Lee discussed his book with Russian and Georgian scholars, many of whom

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Russia’s attempts to bring separatist movements to international platforms threaten EU – think tank

21:50, 27 January 2020 The experts explain far-reaching, and troubling, intentions behind the efforts. Russia is trying to set a precedent of allowing access of representatives of unrecognized states to various international platforms. If the plan succeeds, separatist movements around the world, especially in Europe, will be given a free hand to lay claim to participation in any international platform,

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Abkhaz Leader Resigns, ‘Not Going To Run’ For New Term

January 13, 2020 11:49 GMT Raul Khajimba, leader of the self-proclaimed breakaway Georgian republic of Abkhazia, who resigned following four days of protests in the regional capital, Sukhumi, does not plan to take part in a new election. Separatist Vice President Aslan Bartsits told lawmakers, who accepted the resignation on January 13, that Khajimba “will continue to take part in

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Russian Airlines ‘Desperate’ After $50M Losses in Georgia Flight Ban

Russian airlines are ‘desperate’ for compensation from the government after its ban on direct flights to Georgia cost them a combined 3.2 billion rubles ($50 million), the Vedomosti business daily reported Wednesday.  President Vladimir Putin ordered the temporary ban of passenger flights from Russia to Georgia this summer following an outbreak of unrest in Tbilisi triggered by the visit of

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Figure of the Week: 100, almost

A Century of Georgia’s Struggle against Pro-Kremlin Disinformation Almost 100 years ago, in a speech in Tbilisi 16 of January 1920; Noe Zhordania, the first leader of Democratic Georgia, declared the European path of his country: “Soviet Russia offered us [a] military alliance, which we rejected. We have taken different paths, they are heading for the East and we, for

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EU, US “fully support” Georgia’s anti-government protests

By Tamar Svanidze Journalist, Global Affairs The United States and the European Union have thrown their support behind Georgia’s anti-government protesters who took to the streets of the capital Tbilisi after the country’s parliament failed to pass an amendment that changes the voting system to proportional representation. In a joint statement released on Monday, they expressed “full support for the

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EUvsDisinfo goes to Georgia!

ქართული ვერსიის სანახავად მიჰყევით Pro-Kremlin disinformation messages have been surfacing in Georgia for a long time, targeting Georgian sovereignty, its values and European aspirations. During the week between 18-23 November 2019, we will be looking very closely at what has been happening in Georgia, as strategic communication experts, EU officials, diplomats, young professionals, civil society and media from across the

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Georgia hit by massive cyber-attack

A huge cyber-attack has knocked out thousands of websites – as well as the national TV station – in the country of Georgia. Court websites containing case materials and personal data have also been attacked. In many cases, website home pages were replaced with an image of former President Mikheil Saakashvili, and the caption “I’ll be back”. The origin of

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Georgia likely to join boycott of PACE session in solidarity with Ukraine:

The final decision on Georgia’s participation in the autumn session will be confirmed by the delegation’s head. The delegation of Georgia is most likely not to participate in the October session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in solidarity with Ukraine. “I support this boycott. I advocated for this from the very beginning. Despite the fact

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Tensions Are Flaring Between Georgia and Russia-Backed South Ossetia. Here’s What’s Happened

The international community has called for restraint as Georgia warned of a “serious confrontation” with the Russian-backed breakaway territory of South Ossetia last week. Only Moscow and a handful of other states have recognized the independence of South Ossetia after Russia and Georgia fought a five-day war over the region in August 2008. Russian troops have been garrisoned in both

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