Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili Highlights Georgia's Commitment to International Sanctions Against Russia
By Liza Mchedlidze
Monday, November 20, 2023
The President of Georgia, Salome Zourabichvili, stated in an interview with France 24 that no one from the West has formally requested Georgia to participate in national-level sanctions against Russia. Nonetheless, Georgia is actively aligning with international financial sanctions, and it is crucial to openly acknowledge this commitment.
Furthermore, the president emphasized that Russia initially attacked Georgia and subsequently targeted Ukraine.
"The lack of a serious Western reaction may have paved the way for Russia's subsequent attack on Ukraine," stated Zourabichvili.
According to her, Ukraine demonstrated significant resistance against Russia, being a larger and stronger country. The hopes of Vladimir Putin were likely dashed due to the robust resistance shown by the President of Ukraine and the Ukrainian people after the Russian aggression.
"Russia is failing. It has already lost the prestige and the reputation of the Russian army. Concerns persist about potential actions in Georgia, which is why we continually seek European support and strengthen our alliances. While nobody directly asked Georgia to implement national-level sanctions due to geopolitical pressures and occupied territories, we actively participate in international financial sanctions. It is crucial to emphasize this. There is no need to hide behind anything. Our banks comply, and we will persist in aligning with the West. This is a steadfast commitment that will endure," stated Zourabichvili.