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Parliament Speaker says Georgia supports Ukraine despite “unfair” allegations

Georgia: The Speaker of the Georgian Parliament, Shalva Papuashvili, stated on Friday, April 8, that supporting Ukraine is a human and historical responsibility of the Government of Georgia, and the latter is committed to fulfilling it despite the "unjust and unfounded allegations" heard from Ukrainian authorities.

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Georgia: The Speaker of the Georgian Parliament, Shalva Papuashvili, stated on Friday, April 8, that supporting Ukraine is a human and historical responsibility of the Government of Georgia, and the latter is committed to fulfilling it despite the “unjust and unfounded allegations” heard from Ukrainian authorities.

The speaker of the Georgian Parliament was remarking on an invitation of the Ukrainian authorities for him to pay a visit to the Bucha city to observe the facts of the atrocities committed by the Russian Military before they withdrew from the location.

Papuashvili denied the visit by stating that it would be “inappropriate” in the light of what he called “demands by Ukrainian officials for starting a second front against Russia in Georgia”, “diplomatic demonstrations” by representatives of Ukraine, and “baseless accusations” of Russian products being sanctioned through Georgian territory by Russia to avoid sanctions.

Moreover, he highlighted that the Georgian Government was using all international platforms to examine the Russian assault against Ukraine from a legal and political standpoint.

“I would like the representatives of the Ukrainian Administration to fully understand the strong support that the Georgian individuals and the Government show for Ukraine and the Ukrainian people,” the Parliament official said. 

“This support and the cooperation do not deserve the attempts by high-ranking Ukrainian government officers to separate the Georgian individuals and its Government, demand the opening of the second front in Georgia, make unfounded diplomatic demonstrations and baseless accusations of smuggling,” Papuashvili added.

According to the Parliament Speaker, the official invitation to visit Bucha was “not expedient” because of these concerns.

“We’ve said multiple times, and I will reiterate it: the support of Ukraine and the Ukrainian individuals is our human and historical duty, and we will fulfil this commitment, despite hearing unfair and unfounded allegations in response from the Ukrainian side”, Papuashvili concluded, referring to recent statements by some Ukrainian officials.

Earlier on Friday, the Ukrainian Embassy in Georgia announced that Papuashvili had been invited to visit Bucha and inspect the war crimes scenes.

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