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Friday, December 28
PM - Overcoming poverty will be an absolute priority for the next two years

Overcoming poverty will be an absolute priority for the next two years, - Prime Minister of Georgia Mamuka Bakhtadze said at a news conference prior to the Cabinet meeting on Thursday.

"We will try our best to implement reforms that will contribute to more inclusive growth in Georgia, will enable us to change the economic model of the country's development and to fit with the inclusive growth. Our key goal will be to overcome poverty as soon as possible…The social programs will be continued and improved next year. You know that this year we managed to exempt hundreds of thousands of citizens from the financial burden, but it is not enough…I am sure that 2019 will be crucial and a new economic model, which will definitely be launched in Georgia, will bring an inclusive growth to the country, "- said Bakhtadze. (IPN)

Georgian, Ukrainian, Moldovan Parliaments Condemn Russia’s ‘Aggressive Actions’

Russia’s actions in the Kerch Strait represent “a blatant violation of international law,” and a continuation of “direct military aggression” against Ukraine, the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine said in a joint resolution on December 27.

According to the resolution, the Assembly “strongly condemns” Russia’s actions in the Kerch Strait, and “reiterates unequivocal support” to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

“The Parliaments of the three signatory States will never agree to Russia’s occupation and annexation by military force and illegal actions,” reads the document.

In its resolution, the Assembly also calls on the Russian Federation “to return ships and immediately release the illegally detained Ukrainian servicemen,” and to ensure “free international shipping through the Kerch Strait and in the Azov Sea.”

It also calls on the international community to take actions against Russia’s illegal operations in the area and more broadly, as well as on the European Union and the United States “to extend political support to the democratic states of Eastern Europe.” (