Contents tagged with Georgia

  • NATO exercises with participation of Ukrainian military begin in Georgia

    NATO Agile Spirit 2017 multinational military exercises began in Georgia on September 3, reported News-Georgia news agency.

    The Agile Spirit exercises have been held annually since 2011. They are one component in an effort to improve Georgia’s cooperation with the U.S. and NATO. The purpose of the exercises is to improve the interaction between the Georgian military and its counterparts from the United States and partner countries, as well as improve preparedness to respond to crises and …

  • Saakashvili fears that Tbilisi and Kyiv will accuse him of preparing a coup in Georgia

    Stripped of Ukrainian citizenship, the former head of the Odessa region, Mikheil Saakashvili, said that the Georgian authorities "in full coordination with the hucksters in Ukraine" are preparing a new charge against him: a coup de-tat in Georgia.

    "They promised Poroshenko that they would lay charges before September 10. The fact is that accusations about state funds embezzlement in the form of funeral wreaths purchase and foreign delegations’ reception under the Ukrainian Criminal Procedure …

  • International Criminal Court to investigate Russia’s war in Georgia

    The International Criminal Court (ICC) has included funding for an investigation of the 2008 Russian-Georgian war in its 2018 budget, reported by Georgia Online, quoting an interview with ICC press spokesperson Fadi El-Abdallah.

    "The Assembly of ICC member countries is responsible for ensuring that the Court has sufficient financial resources within its mandate, and that all member countries are making a financial contribution to the ICC budget, which includes mobilizing the resources …

  • Georgian Foreign Ministry calls Putin's visit to Abkhazia a 'cynical act'

    Georgia’s Foreign Ministry has called Russian President Vladimir Putin’s to Abkhazia "a continuation of the deliberate policy" by Moscow against Tbilisi.

    "This cynical action on the ninth anniversary of the Russian-Georgian war leads to the legitimization of violent changes in the borders of a sovereign state through military aggression, ethnic cleansing and occupation," the Georgian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

    The Ministry believes that Putin's visit to the Republic, bypassing the …

  • NATO criticizes Putin’s official visit to Abkhazia

    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to unrecognized Abkhazia, Reuters reports quoting the representative of the alliance.

    “The visit of President Putin to the Georgian region of Abkhazia on the ninth anniversary of the armed conflict undermines the efforts of the international community to reach a peaceful and agreeable solution to the conflict,” the report said.

    The NATO spokesman said that Putin’s visit should have been …

  • Georgia sends an inquiry to Warsaw regarding Saakashvili’s stay in Poland

    The district prosecutor's office of Warsaw received a request from the Georgian Ministry of Justice to establish whether former Georgian President, Mikheil Saakashvili was in Poland, as reported by Radio Liberty. The details of the request have not been reported.

    According to the press secretary for the prosecutor's office, Lukash Lapchinsky, the request came from the National Public Prosecutor's Office of Poland. He did not provide the details of the request.

    The chief prosecutor's office of …

  • Georgia accuses Russia of trying to 'legitimize regions that were forcibly taken away’

    While commenting on the reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin intends to visit Sukhumi on August 8, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili stated that Tbilisi would construct a meaningful response to the illegal actions of Russia, reported the Voice of America. August 8 is the day of the ninth anniversary of the Russian-Georgian war, after which Moscow recognized the independence of Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region.

    "These statements, which we heard in connection with the visit …

  • Georgia calls Putin’s intention to visit Abkhazia ‘an attempt of its annexation’

    The State Minister for Reconciliation and Civil Equality of Georgia, Ketevan Tsihelashvili, stated that the Russian President’s visit, scheduled for August 8th, to Abkhazia is "an occupation and an attempt at actual annexation", as reported by Georgia Online.

    "There are provocative actions and this visit should likely be considered as one at this point. This fits into the overall picture and is an ongoing provocation. This is an attempt at an actual annexation on Russia’s part, so our task is …

  • Georgia believes Kyiv intends to extradite Saakashvili

    The Minister of Justice of Georgia, Teja Tsulukiani, appearing on Imedi, stated that the former President, Mikheil Saakashvili, is politically uninteresting to anyone in his homeland and the issue of his extradition is a legal and investigative-prosecutorial process, Interfax reports.

    At the same time, she expressed the hope that Kyiv would begin the process of extraditing Saakashvili as soon as he returns to Ukraine.

    “This is a legal and investigative-prosecutorial process. We heard various …

  • Putin pardoned two women convicted for sending text messages about Russian tanks moving to Georgia

    Russian President Vladimir Putin pardoned Annik Kesyan and Marina Dzhandzhgava, the two women convicted of high treason as a result of text messages they sent, as reported by Meduza news web site.

    Annik Kesyan was accused of sending two text messages in 2008 to a friend in Georgia saying that she saw that the military equipment was being transported by rail.

    Then, the recipient of the message asked the woman if the tanks were being transported. In response, the woman wrote, "Yes, they are …