March 11, 2022
Georgia is the only country in the world where the opposition is using the war unleashed by Russia in Ukraine for a campaign to damage this country, the ruling Georgian Dream party head Irakli Kobakhidze said on Friday.
The comment by Kobakhidze came following an interview of Khatia Dekanoidze, the leader of the opposition United National Movement party, with a Ukrainian TV channel, in which Kobakhidze said the opposition figure had portrayed the Georgian government as “pro-Russian, accused Georgia of pursuing a Russia-oriented policy and, moreover, accused Georgia of supporting the murder of Ukrainians”.
It is obvious that the radical opposition, the fifth column represented by United National Movement [the party of Mikheil Saakashvili], has the sole goal of worsening the economic and social situation of the Georgian people by imposing sanctions [on Russia] and involving Georgia in the war, Kobakhidze said.
The ruling party head told local media the Government of Georgia was protecting the interests of the state and its citizens, and would not allow the country to be “drawn into a war or cause irreparable damage” to the economic interests of the population.
March 11, 2022
Asked to comment on Georgian PM Irakli Garibashvili’s remarks over international sanctions against Russia being ineffective amid Ukraine war, U.S. Department of State spokesperson Ned Price has said it was hard to argue with the effectiveness of these sanctions.
“You can look at any number of metrics regarding the toll that they have taken on the Russian economy,” Ned Price responded to a Georgian journalist during regular press briefing on March 10.
“What can’t be argued is that these measures lack teeth, that they lack strength, and I think you can see, in terms of the Russian economy, the strength that they carry,” the spokesperson continued.
“I can only imagine there are…many Georgians in the government and private citizens who are standing in solidarity with their counterparts in Ukraine,” he continued.
Asked whether Volodymyr Zelenskyy recalling Ukrainian Ambassador from Tbilisi, and PM Garibashvili’s comments on sanctions was a concerning signal coming from Georgia, the country still occupied by Russia, Ned Price responded:
“We are calling on all countries to stand up for not only the sovereignty, the territorial integrity, and the independence of Ukraine – really, what is at the center of this conflict – but to stand up for the broader principles that are at the heart of the rules-based order.”