Georgia is not imposing sanctions against Russia, but the country will not become a way to circumvent the international measures taken against the Kremlin for its invasion of Ukraine, Irakli Kobakhidze, the head of the ruling Georgian Dream party, said on Monday.
In an interview with Palitra News, Kobakhidze said the Georgian Government acted “in the interests of its own country” in not imposing sanctions, echoing previous comments by ruling party officials on the matter.
[In the subject of] the sanctions, naturally, Ukraine has its subjective interest [to see them imposed on Russia], which is absolutely understandable. Our position on sanctions is clear and we have repeatedly said that we are not imposing sanctions; however, we have also said that Georgia will not become a mechanism to circumvent those sanctions. Our position is clear and will not change,” the GD official said.
Kobakhidze also spoke about the import and export of Russian goods, pointing out that it was “fundamentally important” for Georgia.
We must take care of the security of our country, including the economic one. This is where we have to make a balanced decision,” Kobakhidze noted while explaining the economic influence of Russia in the context of potential effects on Georgia.