The Messenger
July 11, 2022

Kobakhidze Says Insulting Answer Given to “Colleague” Regarding US Ambassador’s Response

In an open letter to U.S. Ambassador Kelly Degnan, MP Mikheil Kavelashvili claimed that no Russian soft power could harm America’s reputation in Georgia more than Degnan’s words or silence, “which people may perceive as an attempt to restore the National Movement to power.”

Mikheil Kavelashvili says that rather than looking for evidence in FSB manuals, one should focus on the statements made by individuals connected to or supported by Degnan and the Ambassador’s failure to disassociate herself from them.

Chairman of the Georgian Dream, Irakli Kobakhidze, states that US Ambassador Kelly Degnan insulted Mikheil Kavelashvili while replying to his letter.

According to Kobakhidze, Kavelashvili was a parliamentarian elected by the people, and the form and content of the ambassador’s response to Kavelashvili’s letter are “sad and regrettable.” The chairman of the party says that he cannot comment on the correctness of Kavelashvili’s letter to the ambassador, because Kavelashvili is an independent deputy and he has the right to ask questions.


“It was full of lies, conspiracy theories, couldn’t read it to the end,” Kelly Degnan of Kavelashvili’s letter

US Ambassador Kelly Degnan responds to the letter of Mikheil Kavelashvili, the MP who has left the Georgian Dream, where Kavelashvili says that it would be good if “in order to protect the image of America, the ambassador would publicly disassociate herself from the provocations carried out by the National Movement”.


As Kavelashvili noted in the letter, “no Russian soft power can shake the US reputation in Georgia as much as the ambassador’s statements or silence”, which according to him, people can perceive as an attempt to return the “National Movement” to power.