Maka Botchorishvili, the Head of the European Integration Committee in the Georgian Parliament, on Friday said Russia’s policy in Ukraine was a continuation of the one used in Georgia, stressing this should not be forgotten in order to “cope with” the aggression threatening European security, the Parliament press office said.
In her speech at the Inter-Parliamentary Conference for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and the Common Security and Defence Policy of the European Union, Botchorishvili spoke about security challenges in Europe and the occupation of Georgian territories by Russia, highlighting the importance of “unity and common efforts” of the international community to “ensure peace and security”.
Russia's aggression against Ukraine made it clear that it is impossible to ensure European security without ensuring peace and security in its eastern neighbourhood”, the Committee Head noted.
The EU should “immediately” start the integration process of Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova with the European Union, as all the three countries have “clearly expressed” their desire to be part of the European family, Botchorishvili emphasised.
The EU Council has been hosting the Conference since 2012 with the participation of the members of the European Parliament, the EU member state parliaments and the candidate countries, as well as high-ranking representatives of the EU institutions.
The Georgian delegation was invited for the first time by the Presidency country of the Council of the EU - Sweden and the Presidential trio.