Associated Press: Georgian leader sees NATO future, seeks tough line on Russia

Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili gave an interview to the Associated Press during the 108th session of the International Labour Conference in Geneva. Photo: AP., Jun 11, 2019, Tbilisi, Georgia

The Associated Press (AP) interviewed Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili in Geneva on Monday, who said that she wants western countries to do more to face up to Russia, as the country exercises pressure on Georgia and has occupied its territories.

She stated that Georgia will one day join the European Union and NATO.

I don’t have a plan of action that brings us there. But I think that it’s very clear that our road to NATO will end successfully — and to the European Union — in different manners, but in parallel ways,” Zurabishvili said.

Zurabishvili stated that Georgia will manage to regain its currently Russian-occupied regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia).

Gradually, I think, the population in the occupied territories are coming to understand that there are no perspectives to the north (with Russia),” Zurabishvili said.

Zurabishvili was in Geneva for the International Labor Organization’s centennial that opened Monday.

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