May 1, 2022
Ukrainian Defense Intelligence has accused Georgia, as well as Armenia and Azerbaijan of negotiating with Moscow over the reexport of Russian products to international markets.
“The supply is planned to be made in the form of Georgian, Armenian and Azerbaijani products and export them to third countries,” the Defense Intelligence of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense said on May 1.
The Ukrainian defense intelligence further stated that Armenia creates favorable conditions for Russian companies to do business, especially in the IT sphere.
The State Security Service of Georgia then urged Ukraine to “immediately relay evidence” on its claim, warning that the failure to do so “will be considered premeditated disinformation.”
Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili also rebuffed Kyiv’s allegations, saying “Georgia will never allow the transit of sanctioned goods.”
Ukraine’s renewed accusation comes amid already strained relations between Tbilisi and Kyiv, after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy recalled Ambassador from Georgia over the “immoral position” of Garibashvili’s cabinet on “not joining” sanctions and for barring Georgian volunteers from flying to Ukraine.
Amid growing criticism from Kyiv, Georgian Dream leadership has repeatedly claimed that former United National Movement officials “occupying some quite high positions in Ukraine” are influencing the decisions of the Ukrainian authorities.
May 2, 2022
Andrei Kasyanov, the Charge d’affaires of Ukraine in Georgia, was summoned on Monday to the Georgian foreign office over the claims of the Intelligence Service of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine about alleged talks between Russia and Georgia over re-export of Russian goods to third countries.
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Teimuraz Janjalia, once again expressed the “dissatisfaction” of the Georgian Government with the allegations to the diplomat, and noted reports of the “unverified facts” in Ukrainian press “damaged the partnership” between the two countries, the Ministry said.
Kasyanov was asked to provide “in a timely manner” factual explanations and evidence on the information released by the Ukrainian Ministry. The Georgian foreign office said the request had been made “especially considering” Ukrainian authorities had also failed to present evidence of a similar “previous allegation”.
May 2, 2022
The Georgian Government would like to ask Ukrainian authorities to take a “responsible approach” to relations established between the nations, Irakli Kobakhidze, the head of the ruling Georgian Dream party, said on Monday following claims about alleged talks between Russia and Georgia over re-export of Russian goods to third countries.
Kobakhidze said it was “unfortunate” to see the allegations being reported in the Ukrainian media that cited the country’s intelligence services on the matter.
“It is unfortunate that we have witnessed another such statement, which is not based on any facts. Therefore, we must once again ask the Ukrainian authorities to take a responsible approach to the relations that have been established between our peoples. We have to take care of these relationships,” the GD official said.
Earlier today, Vice Speaker of the Georgian Parliament Archil Talakvadze said the reports in Ukrainian media were “unfounded and incorrect”.