Donald Tusk: when I say Georgia, I mean freedom, pride, courage - you’re a small but great nation

European Council President Donald Tusk said that he supports EU enlargement. Photo: Nino Alavidze/, 11 Jul 2019 - 16:07, Tbilisi,Georgia

President of the European Council Donald Tusk said that for him Georgia is associated with high values and freedom.

When I say Georgia, I mean freedom, when I say Georgia, I mean pride, when I say Georgia, I mean courage. You are a small country, but a great nation. You have achieved impossible things, because you were, despite all the differences, united around a common goal, that was a free, independent and modern state,” Tusk stated during the 16th Batumi International Conference dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the EU’s Eastern Partnership Initiative {EaP).

Tusk said that Georgia managed to astonish Europe and the whole world.

I call on you with an earnest appeal: don’t let yourselves become divided. Only when united will you endure. Like the whole of Europe,” Tusk said.

He stated that when looking at the first ten years of the EaP, “it is evident that thanks to it and through it, our relations have become deeper, more structured and more predictable.”

"You remember when the Russian President said in 2005: “we should acknowledge that the collapse of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century.” Today in Georgia I want to say loud and clear: the collapse of the Soviet Union was a blessing to Georgians, Poles, Ukrainians as well as to the whole of Central and Eastern Europe. And I’m convinced that also to Russians," underlined Donald Tusk.