Contents tagged with Georgia

  • President of Georgia accuses Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov of violating international law

    Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili called Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's visit to Abkhazia "a violation of Georgian legislation and international law," RIA Novosti reported.

    During the two-day visit, Lavrov is planning to take part in the opening ceremony of a new Russian embassy in Abkhazia. Margvelashvili said that the work of any foreign representation in the territory of the country is permissible only with the consent of Tbilisi.

    "In another case, such an action is a …

  • Georgia refuses to purchase gas from Russia's Gazprom

    Georgia refused to purchase Russian gas, choosing instead to buy from Azerbaijan. According to the 2017 forecast balance, starting from April the country will make no more purchases from Gazprom, RIA Novosti reported.

    During the first three months of 2017, Georgia received 100 million cubic meters of gas from Russia, writes Novosti-Georgia. Starting from April, the government plans to fully provide the population and commercial sector with gas supplies from Azerbaijan. The deliveries will be …

  • UN Security Council began to discuss the situation in Abkhazia and South Ossetia

    The UN Security Council has begun to discuss the continuing aggravation of the situation in Georgia, primarily in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, as a result of Russia’s provocative actions. The talks were initiated by Ukraine at Georgia’s request on March 28.

    Volodymyr Yelchenko, the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations reported the matter as part of exclusive commentary to

    The Ukrainian delegation drew the Security Council’s attention to the so-called "Parliamentary …

  • Ukrainian soldiers to participate in NATO exercise in Georgia

    The Ukrainian military will take part in the NATO multinational military exercise Noble Partner-2017, which will be held in July in Georgia. This was reported by the press service of the Georgian Ministry of Defense.

    Noble Partner, which follows the motto “Strength in partnership,” is Georgia’s third such exercise. It is expected to be conducted on a larger scale this year.

    In addition to Georgia and Ukraine, nine other NATO member and partner countries will take part in the exercises: the …

  • Tbilisi: Russia deployed S-300 missile systems to Abkhazia

    Interfax news agency reported, citing Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze, that Russia has deployed additional anti-aircraft S-300 missile systems to Abkhazia.

    "We have information about the delivery of additional Russian S-300 complexes into Abkhazia. These actions of the Russian side, similar to the decision to integrate the South Ossetian military units into the Russian Armed Forces, yet again, confirm that Russian politics are oriented towards annexation, and not towards securing …

  • Ukraine and five Eastern European countries ask U.S. not to remove sanctions from Russia

    Diplomats from six Eastern European states, including Ukraine, made a plea to U.S. senators to help in the confrontation with Russia.

    As noted by Reuters, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin, as well as the Ambassadors of Poland, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia came to hearings of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations.

    They urged the U.S. not to lift sanctions from Russia in the near future. "Until Russia withdraws from the Ukrainian territory, there should …

  • Georgia’s visa-free travel privileges with the European Union will start on March 28

    The resolution on the introduction of a visa-free regime for Georgian citizens was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on the 8th of March. This resolution will enter into force 20 days after publication on the 28th of March.

    The abolition of visas with the European Union will allow Georgian citizens who have biometric passports to enter the territory of Schengen countries visa-free for the period of 90 days in six months. The policy does not grant the right to employment …

  • NATO urged Russia to withdraw its recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent regions

    RIA Novosti reported that the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, General Petr Pavel urged Russia to "withdraw recognition" of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

    "We call on Russia to withdraw its recognition of independence of the two regions and to express respect for Georgian borders," InterpressNews news agency quotes him as saying after the meeting with Georgian Defense Minister Levan Izoria.

    Pavel also believes that Russia should be involved in safeguarding the security of the Black Sea. " …

  • Georgian PM predicts Russia will abandon recognition of Abkhazian and South Ossetian independence

    The Georgian Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Relations with Russia, Zurab Abashidze, believes that sooner or later Russia will withdraw its recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states.

    "I believe that it is possible, and it will be so in the end. I do not know whether it will happen this year or in five years, but I'm sure that it will happen sooner or later," Abashidze said in an interview with Tbilisi television company Starvision.

    According to the Special Envoy, "it ( …

  • Russia demands that Ukraine extradite a detained Georgian officer

    Russia wants Ukraine to extradite a Georgian volunteer, Gia Tsertsvadze, who participated in the war in the Donbas. He was detained at Kyiv's Zhulyany Airport on January 15 while trying to leave Ukraine.

    Tsertsvadze was told he was on Interpol’s international most wanted persons list. The manhunt was initiated by Russia, who is accusing him of a murder in the territory of the Russian Federation in 2003. Kyiv court chose a 40-day arrest as a preventive punishment for Tsertsvadze and put him in …