Contents tagged with Georgia

  • Georgia moves to restrict Presidential powers

    President Giorgi Margvelashvili signed the new Constitution of Georgia, the final version of which was adopted by the parliament a few days ago.

    "Unfortunately, the parliament adopted a one-party Constitution, so it is extremely difficult for me to sign it, however, taking into account the internal and external challenges the country is facing, the responsibility to avoid possible destabilization, I, as the Head of State, Supreme Commander-in-Chief and guarantor of the Constitution, sign this …

  • Netherlands receive Buk missile from Georgia to investigate MH17 disaster

    The Dutch military received a Buk anti-aircraft missile and will use it in the investigation of the flight MH17 disaster, reports RTL Nieuws.

    According to the television channel, on February 21st of this year, members of the Dutch Military Intelligence Service and the Security Service flew to Georgia on a Hercules cargo aircraft that belongs to the Ministry of Defense.

    The Buk missile was handed over to them in Georgia. The next day the plane returned, and the missile was sent to the military …

  • Russia: increasing cooperation between Georgia and NATO is a threat to security in the region

    Russia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia consider Tbilisi’s continuing cooperation with NATO to be “a real threat” to regional security in Transcaucasia, as stated on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

    Concerns among the delegations were caused by military exercises of NATO member countries in the territory of Georgia in the summer and autumn of 2017. “A record number of servicemen and heavy equipment was involved. The emissaries of individual NATO states who were present at the exercises …

  • Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and Moldova sign cooperation agreement in Tbilisi

    The Foreign Ministers of the GUAM countries (Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and Moldova) have signed a joint communiqué on their readiness to continue close cooperation, Interfax reports.

    The signing took place on Sunday, October 8, in Tbilisi. The special meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs (CMFA) of GUAM was devoted to the 20th anniversary of the founding of the organization. According to Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze, they discussed prospects for further …

  • Ministry of Justice of Ukraine: There are no grounds to extradite Saakashvili

    Mikheil Saakashvili, the former head of the Odessa Regional State Administration, will not be extradited from Ukraine until the criminal proceedings against him are completed in Georgia, stated the Deputy Minister of Justice Denis Chernyshov in a comment on 112 Ukraine TV channel.

    According to Chernyshov, there are no grounds for Saakashvili's extradition at the moment, as the he has not been convicted in Georgia.

    “Nothing happened in Ukraine, except for Saakashvili's crossing the border. …

  • Ukrainian Justice Ministry: The Prosecutor General’s Office begins extradition check for Saakashvili

    The Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) of Ukraine is examining Georgia’s request for the extradition of former Georgian president and governor of Odessa Mikheil Saakashvili, announced Ukrainian Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko.

    “After receiving this [extradition] request [from Georgia], all the materials were sent to the bodies of the PGO in order to carry out an extradition check. This is a preliminary stage. If it is completed with a positive conclusion, it will be possible to adopt further …

  • 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 …