09.Jun .2022 18:00

European Parliament Calls On Democratic Partners To Impose Personal Sanctions On Ivanishvili

European Parliament Calls On Democratic Partners To Impose Personal Sanctions On Ivanishvili
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Today, the European Parliament voted on a resolution on violations of media freedom in Georgia and the security challenges for journalists.

"European Parliament expresses its concern over the destructive role played by the sole oligarch, Bidzina Ivanishvili, in Georgia’s politics and economy, and the level of control he exerts over the government and its decisions, including those on the politically motivated persecution of journalists and political opponents; is deeply worried by Ivanishvili’s exposed personal and business links to the Kremlin, which determine the position of the current Government of Georgia towards sanctions on Russia; calls on the Council and democratic partners to consider imposing personal sanctions on Ivanishvili for his role in the deterioration of the political process in Georgia", - the resolution reads.

Irakli Kobakhidze, chairman of Georgian Dream responded to the resolution voted by the European Parliament on violations of media freedom in Georgia and the security challenges for journalists.

According to him, today's resolution supports the assumption made by some experts that the issue of Georgia applying for EU candidate status before the announced date was pushed by ill-wishers of Georgia, in order to create artificial difficulties for Georgia and its government.

"The resolution calls for the release of the enemies of Georgian democracy and media freedom - Saakashvili and Gvaramia; It has nothing to do with European values and such a resolution, to put it frankly, is not worth anything.

We hope that when Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova become members of the European Union, we will have a different European Parliament. A European Parliament protected from the influence of "fake" and a defender of true European values, which can act sovereignly according to its own objective interests.

We can not prove anything, but today's resolution supports the assumption made by some experts that the issue of Georgia applying for EU candidate status before the announced date was pushed by ill-wishers of Georgia, in order to create artificial difficulties for Georgia and its government.

Everyone remembers the artificial fuss created by the opposition on this issue, when they know very well that granting candidate status has no practical consequences for Georgia, Ukraine or Moldova," Kobakhidze stated.