When Georgia Is A Member State Of The EU, We Will Make Decisions That Are In Common Interests - Tbilisi Mayor
It is not clear to me what the flights have to do with moving closer to Russia, when it has been possible to travel by land, it has been possible for both Georgian and Russian citizens to arrive in Georgia through Yerevan, and what is the problem if direct flights also become possible, - Secretary General of Georgian Dream Kakha Kaladze said in connection with the announcement of a demarche by 27 EU countries to the Georgian Government regarding the restoration of direct flights with Russia.
According to him, when Georgia has the status of a candidate country of the European Union and becomes a member of the European Union, the Georgian Government will take decisions that are in common interests, and until then the position of the ruling team is unchanged - not to join the sanctions against Russia.
"We have repeatedly made a statement regarding the fact that we will not and cannot join the sanctions. All this is due to the fact that we are pursuing the interest of our country and we do not want to make a decision that we know will be harmful to our country and our population.
Georgia is not a member state of the European Union. We are an independent state, a sovereign country that aspires to Europe and we have a desire for European integration. When Georgia has the status, when Georgia is a member state of the European Union, we will make decisions that are in common interests.
It is not clear to me what the flights have to do with moving closer to Russia, when it has been possible to travel by land, it has been possible for both Georgian and Russian citizens to arrive in Georgia through Yerevan, and what is the problem if direct flights also become possible. I absolutely cannot understand why it is against the European future, European integration, if a citizen of Georgia with a Georgian passport will be able to move to the Russian Federation without a visa. Someone may want to go to Russia, someone will go to Italy, someone to Spain, what's wrong with that?" Kaladze said.