‘How to save Georgia’: president holds talks with European ministers

Georgia’s president, Salome Zourabichvili, a critic of the government, spoke today alongside visiting foreign ministers from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Iceland, who travelled to Tbilisi to show support for Georgians calling for a pro-European, democratic future for their country.

“This society indeed stands on the values which are European values: democracy, freedom,” Zourabichvili said, stressing that Georgia has always fought for independence and “will never go back to the Russian hands.”

“On the agenda today is the following issue: how to save Georgia,” she added.

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Lithuanian minister warns Georgia’s government of ‘risks’ of continuing on ‘dangerous course’

“We came to Georgia as your closest friends, friends who care about Georgia and its people, who care about Georgia’s European future,” Lithuania’s foreign minister, Gabrielius Landsbergis, said in Tbilisi.

Speaking alongside ministers from Estonia, Latvia and Iceland, as well as Georgia’s president, Landsbergis spoke of “completely unacceptable use of force against the protesters” as well as “orchestrated intimidation campaign against non-governmental organisations and activists” and “remarkable resilience” shown by Georgians.

He added:

The first objective of us coming here thus is to express our support and solidarity with everyone who fights for Georgia’s democratic and European choice, for Georgia’s European future. This future belongs to Georgian people, and it should not be captured by anyone.

Our second objective is to pass a very clear message to the representatives of the ruling party, both in the parliament and in the government, of the risks and severe consequences Georgia will be facing if they continue on this very dangerous course.

‘How to save Georgia’: president holds talks with European ministers

Georgia’s president, Salome Zourabichvili, a critic of the government, spoke today alongside visiting foreign ministers from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Iceland, who travelled to Tbilisi to show support for Georgians calling for a pro-European, democratic future for their country.

“This society indeed stands on the values which are European values: democracy, freedom,” Zourabichvili said, stressing that Georgia has always fought for independence and “will never go back to the Russian hands.”

“On the agenda today is the following issue: how to save Georgia,” she added.

European politicians show solidarity in Tbilisi

Amid ongoing protests and a government crackdown, a group of senior European politicians are visiting Georgia to express their support for demonstrators.

Michael Roth, chair of the Bundestag’s foreign affairs committee, was among those attending a protest in Tbilisi last night. He described it as “one of the most moving moments of my political life.”

One of the most moving moments of my political life.

Tonight we are all Georgians!

🇬🇪🇪🇺🫶🙏🏾 https://t.co/O1Rv8JPlv9

— Michael Roth – official 🇪🇺🇺🇦🇮🇱🇬🇪 (@MiRo_SPD) May 14, 2024





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