In response to a question over allegations of Russia smuggling sanctioned products using Georgian territory, Ned Price, the US State Department Spokesperson, stated that the US Government is in frequent talks with its Georgian counterparts, and the latter has stood by the international community over Ukraine.
After an allegation by Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense’s Intelligence Service that Russia was creating smuggling channels for sanctioned products using Georgian territory, Ned Price was asked about the “consequences” for nations used by Russia to circumvent sanctions imposed as a result of its invasion of Ukraine.
Price said during a briefing at the White House on Monday that the Georgian people and government “stand with” the international community’s stance on the matter, and US officials have “close ties” with their Georgian counterparts.
The spokesperson of the State Department noted, “I am not in a position to substantiate or respond to an allegation you have made. We have discussed this last week. However, the Georgians have relatively fresh memories of what it means to be on the receiving end of Russian aggression, including Russian attempts to wrench away sovereign territory.”
“We’ve seen the Georgian people, as well as the Georgian Government, stand with the international community, including in vital votes in the UN, in opposition to what the Kremlin is doing in Ukraine,” added Price.
On Monday, the Finance Ministry of Georgia stated that the allegation of Russia making smuggling channels for sanctioned products using Georgian territory was “fully baseless and ludicrous.”
The Ministry announced “with complete responsibility” that “any kind of goods, both military and of dual-use, and all the items included in the sanctions list, are subject to severe customs control by the Government of Georgia.”
On Monday, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense’s Main Intelligence Directorate said that Georgian authorities enabled the smuggling of sanctioned items into the Russian Federation across the country’s territory.