Contents tagged with Georgia

  • European Commission postpones decision on visa-free regime for Ukraine

    The European Commission will submit a legislative initiative to abolish visas for Georgia.  This will be submitted to the Council of the EU next week.  Such an initiative for Ukraine, however, has been postponed.  This was reported via Twitter by a correspondent of Radio Liberty in Brussels, Ricard Yozvyak.

    “The proposal for the visa liberalization of Georgia will be made by the European Commission next week.  Ukraine will probably have to wait until after the referendum on the Association …

  • Georgian President to visit Baku in March

    Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili will visit Baku in March. According to the press service of the State Committee for Work with the Diaspora (GKRD) of Azerbaijan, the Georgian President will attend the fourth Global Baku Forum, organized by the Nizami Ganjavi International Center.

    The forum, entitled “Towards a Multipolar World”, will take place on March 10th and 11th.  Discussion in Baku will be center around the role of interreligious dialogue in conflict prevention, migration, …

  • Iran to supply Georgia with gas

    Georgia has high hopes for closer economic cooperation with Iran after international sanctions were lifted. Recently, Tbilisi abolished the visa regime with Iran, hoping to increase the flow of tourists from the south. Up until September 2014, tourists from Iran were bringing approximately 100 million dollars a year into Georgia.

    Soon Georgia will also import Iranian gas, and a preliminary agreement was reached during a visit to Tehran with the Georgian Energy Minister, Kakha Kaladze.

    Iran …

  • Moscow hints that it will not cooperate with ICC's investigation into 2008 Russo-Georgian War

    Moscow has hinted that they will not cooperate further with the International Criminal Court of The Hague (ICC) in its investigation into war crimes committed in Georgia in 2008 following the Court's announcement that all parties involved will be held accountable.

    Last month, the ICC made the decision to start an investigation into the war crimes committed in Georgia in August of 2008. The Court stated that “such crimes include murders, crimes against humanity, unlawful deportation, …

  • Georgia's path to NATO is through the Black Sea

    The Head of the Ministry of Defense of Georgia, Tinatin Khidasheli, will take part in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) meeting, which has already begun in Brussels.

    It was reported today that the city of Tbilisi can join the NATO-created security system of the Black Sea region.  Georgia can now also play its part in ensuring the security of the region.

    Khidasheli mentioned that with Tbilisi joining the system, it will assist in the process of strengthening the capacities of NATO …

  • Ukraine and Georgia agree on the need to develop 'New Silk Road'

    Ukraine and Georgia agreed on the need to continue to develop the New Silk Road; a rail route bypassing the Russian Federation, Ukraine’s Presidential Press Service said in a statement. It was noted that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko discussed the issue with the Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili during a meeting in Germany.

    The two leaders “have discussed key issues on the bilateral agenda and agreed to activate economic cooperation, in particular, the development of the …

  • Georgian President: There cannot be a stable Europe without stable Caucasus

    At the annual “State of the Country” address, Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili devoted a significant part of his speech to Euro-Atlantic integration and relations with Russia.

    The President of Georgia noted that “The stability of Europe is dependent on stable Caucasus.”

    Margvelashvili once again accused Moscow of “the occupation of 20% of Georgian territory.”  He also warned that Russia “will never be able to achieve its goals by capturing territories of neighboring states.”

    He …

  • The ICC in The Hague to begin investigation into war crimes in South Ossetia

    The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague has made the decision to start an investigation into the war crimes committed in South Ossetia in 2008.

    On the 27th of November 2015, the Pre-Trial Chamber of the ICC authorized the Prosecutor to initiate an investigation into these crimes under the ICC jurisdiction.  These crimes were allegedly committed in Georgia and linked to South Ossetia.  They allegedly occurred between the 1st of July and the 10th of October 2008.

    The court stated …

  • Georgian Deputy FM: Russian Propagnda Is a Threat to All of Eastern Europe

    Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Gigi Gigiadze said that all countries that seriously intend to counter Russian propaganda "must develop special methods and practices.” Gigiadze called Russian propaganda "a threat to the whole eastern Europe.”

    Georgiy Kolabadze, a correspondent of Radio Liberty, reported that the Georgian diplomat made his remarks at a presentation of "Hard and Soft Russian Threats in Georgia" at the non-governmental organization "European Initiative—Liberal Academy Tbilisi” …

  • Protesters in Georgia Say No to Gazprom

    Another political scandal is growing in Georgia. The authorities cannot give any clear explanation why the country suddenly needed Russian gas when there are no problems with the supply of "blue fuel" from Azerbaijan. Moreover, the Minister of Energy still refuses to elaborate on the details of negotiations with the Gaprom for some reason.

    Former footballer and current chief power engineering specialist Kakha Kaladze at first had denied that there were any negotiations with Gazprom. Then he …