Nikoloz Samkharadze, the Chair of the Georgian Parliament's Foreign Relations Committee, on Wednesday said the Georgian Government had stated “very clearly” and “from the beginning” its position on support for Ukraine “in everything” except transfer of weapons to the country amid its defence from the ongoing Russian invasion.
The comments follow the article by the Ukrainian Embassy charge d'affaires Andriy Kasyanov, which on Monday said Ukrainian authorities had asked Tbilisi to aid the country’s anti-air and anti-tank defences by handing it a Buk surface-to-air missile system and also sending the portable Javelin anti-tank hardware, a request he said had been rejected by the Georgian Government.
In his remarks over the matter, the Georgian Parliament official stressed the position of official Tbilisi on provision of arms would not change, and pointed out the country was “not in a position to hand over any weapons to anyone” due to the ongoing Russian occupation of the Georgian regions of Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) and Abkhazia.
“Russia occupied 20 percent of the territories of Georgia. Therefore, Georgia is facing a very big danger - the same danger that Ukraine is facing today. There is no other country that faces such a threat from Russia”, the Parliament official noted.
[I]f someone explains to me what is the logic in handing even a small amount of weapons Georgia has to another country - even to a friendly, brotherly state [like Ukraine] - when Georgia itself is facing the Russian occupation, I will gladly listen to it”, he also pointed out.
While acknowledging countries “much stronger than Georgia”, and with military industries, were providing arms aid to Ukraine, Samkharadze questioned the latter’s requests for weapons aid from Georgia.