Caucasus (bbabo.net), - Chairman of the ruling Georgian Dream party Irakli Kobakhidze announced international coordination directed against the interests of the country. This is how Kobakhidze responded to the assertion of a journalist from the American television channel CNN “about the import of authorized goods into Russia through various countries, especially through Georgia.”
“A CNN journalist asked a poll based on false information… CNN is not an ordinary media, this fact clearly shows how large-scale coordination is directed against the national interests of Georgia,” Kobakhidze said.
He noted that if Georgia allowed sanctioned products to Russia, exports from Georgia to Russia in 2022 would have to increase disproportionately, but exports to Russia grew by only 7% last year. He also suggested studying the structure of exports to Russia, noting that three-quarters of the goods are drinks, agricultural products and ferroalloys.
Kobakhidze also stressed that Georgia is criticized for maintaining trade relations with Russia, while imports from Russia to EU countries have increased by tens and hundreds of percent.
“It is also sad when this lie is replicated by the President of Georgia,” which demanded a “categorical and well-founded response” to the accusations,” Kobakhidze said, commenting on the words of President Salome Zurabishvili.
“The false information voiced by the CNN journalist requires an immediate response,” Kobakhidze wrote on social networks.
The reason for Kobakhidze’s statement was an interview with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, the journalist talks about the import of sanctioned goods to Russia, including through Georgia, and asks how the next set of EU sanctions will solve this problem.
As bbabo.net reported, Western countries are demanding anti-Russian sanctions from the Georgian authorities, Tbilisi in response states that it complies with all international sanctions, but will not impose its own sanctions against Russia.