President Zurabishvili refuses to speak Russian with local Azeri population

President Zurabishvili stated that Georgian ethnic minorities should know the Georgian language as this will benefit them and the country. Photo: President’s press office., 21 Mar 2019 - 15:28, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili has told the local Azerbaijani population in the Kvemo Kartli region of Georgia that she would not speak with them in Russian.

It is impossible, as it is not the language which unites us,” Zurabishvili stated, while sending warm wishes to the ethnic Azerbaijani people of the region on the occasion of Novruz, a traditional holiday which celebrates the coming of spring.