Contents tagged with Georgia

  • Georgia condemns elections in LPR and DPR

    Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs called the elections in the so-called Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics illegal. “Holding such illegal elections in the regions where Ukrainian authorities cannot exercise legitimate jurisdiction due to Russia’s effective control over them violates the basic rules and principles of international law and is a flagrant interference in the internal affairs of Ukraine,” the Ministry stated.

    According to Tbilisi, “the elections contradict [Russia’s] …

  • Kremlin: Russia will need huge military expenses if Georgia joins NATO

    The accession of Georgia to NATO, which is expected to take place in 2021, will require “huge” expenses from Russia, stated Andrey Kelin, Director of the Department of European Cooperation of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

    According to Kelin, Georgia's decision to become a member of the North Atlantic Alliance is viewed by Moscow as a problem and to resolve it Russia would require additional investments in defense.

     “We will have to form a defense zone near Sochi,” Kelin said, adding that "it …

  • Russia calls Ukraine and Georgia's accession to NATO a colossal problem

    During the Valdai Discussion Club, the Director of the Department of European Cooperation of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Andrey Kelin stated that the possible Ukraine and Georgia’s accession to NATO would become a colossal economic and military problem for Russia.

    “We will have to build a defensive belt near Sochi and spend enormous resources to prevent a possible attack from the potential enemy, it is inevitable,” TASS news agency cites Kelin as saying.

    Kelin added that Russia has a long …

  • Polish President: Moscow’s imperial ambitions are obvious to everyone

    Moscow’s imperial ambitions are obvious to everyone; therefore, the NATO’s eastern flank should be strengthened, said Polish President Andrzej Duda in an interview with Bild am Sonntag.

    When asked how dangerous the Russian president is due to threats that Russia poses for Poland and other countries of the eastern part of the EU, Duda answered, "Over the last ten years, Russia twice forcibly changed European borders."

    "In 2008 it attacked Georgia, and in 2014 it attacked Ukraine. In both cases, …

  • Ukraine and Georgia signed an agreement on visa-free entry

    The Prime Minister of Ukraine, Volodymyr Groysman and Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze signed an agreement to jointly abolish visa requirements and allow Ukrainian and Georgian citizens to cross the common border using ID cards, the head of the Ukrainian government wrote on Facebook.

    The Prime Minister noted that Ukrainian citizens can travel to Georgia using the ID cards that contain contactless electronic chips.

    On September 19, the government of Ukraine approved the agreement with …

  • Stoltenberg promises that Georgia will become a NATO member

    After the meeting with the U.S. national security adviser, John Bolton, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg assured that NATO will continue to support Georgia’s and Ukraine’s efforts to join the Alliance, reports Voice of America.

    "Georgia will become a NATO member," said Stoltenberg during the speech at the Heritage Foundation research centre.

    The Secretary General also said that the Alliance does not intend to retreat because of the pressure from Russia.

    "For us, there is no …

  • Ukraine to take part in NATO military exercises Agile Spirit 2018 held in Georgia

    Ukrainian soldiers will take part in the exercises Agile Spirit 2018 which has begun in Georgia, reported by the press service of the Georgian Defense Ministry.

    237 servicemen from the United States, Bulgaria, Romania, Latvia, Greece, Turkey, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Georgia, and Ukraine take part in these exercises.

    NATO countries and partners of the Alliance, as well as US Marine Corps, participate in the drills which will be held at the Georgian military base Senaki and led by the …

  • Merkel denies possibility that Georgia will join NATO soon

    The German Chancellor Angela Merkel excluded the possibility that Georgia could join NATO soon, reported the Voice of America. "I do not see any possibility of Georgia’s joining NATO. This is Germany’s position,” Merkel stated at a meeting with the students of Tbilisi State University. 

    "Such things happen gradually,” she said while commenting on the possibility of Georgia’s membership in NATO.

    At the Summit Bucharest in 2008, the leaders of NATO stated that at some point, Georgia will become …

  • Merkel demands withdrawal of Russian troops from Georgia

    Germany continues to support the territorial integrity of Georgia and demands to withdraw Russian troops from the country, announced  Angela Merkel at a press conference in Tbilisi, reports News-Georgia.

    “I am glad that I am in Georgia today. The last time I visited here was ten years ago. The Ceasefire Agreement was signed then. We still insistently demand Russia withdraw its troops, and of course, after ten years we support the territorial integrity of Georgia,” Merkel said.

    She also added …

  • Georgia files lawsuit against Russia for the occupation of Abkhazia

    The Georgian Ministry of Justice filed a lawsuit against Russia to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and accused Moscow of occupying the country’s territories and deliberately harassing ethnic Georgians in the republic, reported TASS with a reference to the Georgian Ministry of Justice.

    “Georgia demands that the European Court recognize Russia’s responsibility for the violation of more than one articles of the European Convention (on human rights). In particular, the occupation …