Georgian PM in Kyiv: ‘Russian actions in Ukraine, Georgia alarming’

  • Georgian (L) and Ukrainian PMs held a meeting in Kyiv earlier today. Photo: Denys Shmyhal’s Twitter page., 22 Aug 2021 - 15:54, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili has stated during his official visit to Ukraine that Russian actions in both Ukraine and Georgia ‘are alarming and are the issue of an international concern.’ 

After the meeting with Ukrainian PM Denys Shmyhal earlier today, Garibashvili said that at a Crimea Platform Forum tomorrow, which was initiated by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky,  the current situation in Ukrainian and Georgian occupied territories will be ‘once again evaluated’. 

13 years have passed since the Russia-Georgia 2008 war and 20 per cent of Georgian territories remain occupied. Russia also continues creeping occupation of our lands,” Garibashvili said. 

He stated that in the format of the Associated Trio Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova are able to show ‘many success stories’ to the international community and ‘prove we deserve the membership of the EU and NATO.’

He thanked Ukraine for ‘firm support’ of Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. 

Ukraine is not only our friendly nation, but also a strategic partner and we are doing our utmost to further strengthen cooperation in all fields,” Garibashvili said. 

He stated that a trade turnover between Georgia and Ukraine has increased by 32 per cent and ‘we have discussed ways to increase the figure to one billion dollars.’

Garibashvili said that Ukraine and Georgia have already exchanged Covid-19 certificates which will simplify travel between the two countries. 

He said that the countries enjoy ‘excellent cooperation in the defence field,’ and that Georgian and Ukraine soldiers participate in joint military exercises. 

Shmyhal has stated that Ukraine has expressed interest in developing the transit potential of Georgian and Ukrainian railways. 

I am sure after today’s meeting that political and economic dialogue between our countries will further intensify,” Shmyhal said. 

He said that ‘we have always felt Georgia’s firm support’ against Russian aggression in Ukraine. 

We value the support much,” Shmyhal said. 

He stated that he and Garibashvili have discussed ways to hasten Ukraine’s and Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration. 

Garibashvili arrived in Ukraine yesterday. He is scheduled to meet with the Ukrainian president and parliament speaker and participate in the Crimea Platform Forum before he leaves the country late on August 23.