Supporting Ukraine is a human and historical duty of the Georgian Government and the latter is intent on fulfilling it despite the “unfair and unfounded allegations” heard from Ukrainian authorities, Shalva Papuashvili, the Speaker of the Georgian Parliament, said on Friday.
Papuashvili was commenting on an invitation of the Ukrainian authorities for him to visit the city of Bucha to observe the facts of the atrocities committed by Russian troops before they withdrew from the location.
The Georgian official declined the visit by saying it would be “inappropriate” on the backdrop of what he called “demands [by Ukrainian officials] for opening a second front [against Russia] in Georgia”, “diplomatic demonstrations” by Ukrainian representatives, and “baseless accusations” of products being sanctioned through Georgian territory by Russia to avoid sanctions.
Papuashvili underlined the Georgian Government was using all international platforms for giving legal and political assessment of the Russian aggression against Ukraine.
I would like the representatives of the Ukrainian Government to fully understand a strong support that the Georgian people and the Government show for Ukraine and the Ukrainian people,” the Parliament official said.
This support and the partnership do not really deserve the attempts by high-ranking officials of the Ukrainian Government to separate the Georgian people and its Government, demand the opening of a second front in Georgia, make unfounded diplomatic demonstrations and baseless accusations of smuggling,” Papuashvili added.
The Parliament Speaker noted these issues made the official invitation to visit Bucha “not expedient”.
We have said many times and I will repeat it again: the support of Ukraine and the Ukrainian people is our human and historical duty, and we will fulfil this duty, no matter how unfair and unfounded the allegations we hear in response may be,” Papuashvili concluded in reference to recent statements by some Ukrainian officials.
Earlier on Friday, the Ukrainian Embassy in Georgia said Papuashvili had received the invitation to visit the city of Bucha and observe the scenes of the war crimes.