November 18, 2022
Georgian prime minister Irakli Garibashvili on Friday said representatives of the Ukrainian government had “openly campaigned” for involvement of Georgia in the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine following the launch of the Russian invasion in February.
Speaking in the parliament, the top official said “allies” of the Ukrainian government in Georgia had organised rallies in a bid to replace the Georgian government and open a “second front” in the conflict via the country.
Representatives of the Ukrainian government openly stated that our government was ‘not ready’ for the war and that if Mikheil Saakashvili [imprisoned former president of Georgia] was in office there would be a second front in Georgia”, the PM told lawmakers.
“No one doubts that there would be a war [under a government formed by the United National Movement opposition] and that they would turn the country into a battlefield”, Garibashvili said.
Pointing to the scale of the Russia-Ukraine war as “most serious” since World War II, the official said shortly after the beginning of the conflict members of the Georgian “radical opposition” had taken to the streets to protest the government’s move on not allowing charter flights from Tbilisi to transport volunteers to Ukraine.