Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili has expressed his condolences on Monday, March 21, over the death of Georgian volunteers in Ukraine. Speaking to reporters, he also noted that demands for the prime minister’s resignation at rallies in support of Ukraine are unacceptable.
He expressed his condolences to the families of 3 Georgian volunteers four days after their death.
“I want to convey my condolences to our citizens’ families, relatives, and friends. Three ex-soldiers died. They fought in Abkhazia and the August 2008 battle, and the state did everything to deliver their bodies to Georgia. Once again, I express my condolences to families of the victims”, said Irakli Garibashvili.
When asked why the government took so long to express condolences, Garibashvili stated he expressed his condolences as soon as he had the opportunity.
Moreover, on the issue of awarding the title of heroes to the fallen soldiers, the Prime Minister said that “the relevant services are discussing these issues”.
While the situation in the region and Europe is unpredictable, Irakli Garibashvili believes it is unacceptable to demand the resignation of the Georgian government in the midst of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.
Furthermore, participants in large-scale demonstrations in support of Ukraine during the first 2 weeks of the Russian invasion of Ukraine repeatedly called for the resignation of Georgian PM because of his statements about his denial to join international sanctions against Russia.
Many nations around the globe have imposed severe economic sanctions against Russia as a result of the invasion of Ukraine – well-known brands have left the country, Russian aircraft are banned from flying over Europe, and citizens have limited access to bank accounts and are unable to use cards abroad. The country is currently on the verge of bankruptcy.
Georgia, on the other hand, did not join the anti-Russian sanctions. Furthermore, as a consequence of the talks, Russia agreed to enable Georgian businesses to export dairy goods. The opposition and the general public were outraged by this information. This outcome of Georgian-Russian economic relations was called a “stab in the back” in Kyiv.
Up to three million people have become refugees as a result of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, and more than 100 children have perished.