Carpenter - By rejecting its promise ruling party is fanning flames of civic discontent

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Police used water cannon to disperse protesters near Georgia’s parliament on Monday. The Interior Ministry announced that 18 people were arrested on charges of petty hooliganism and disobedience to police orders.  The protest took place days after the country’s parliament failed to pass a planned electoral reform, a move to full proportional representation from the mixed system at...

Carpenter - By rejecting its promise ruling party is fanning flames of civic discontent

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Police used water cannon to disperse protesters near Georgia’s parliament on Monday. The Interior Ministry announced that 18 people were arrested on charges of petty hooliganism and disobedience to police orders.  The protest took place days after the country’s parliament failed to pass a planned electoral reform, a move to full proportional representation from the mixed system at...

Lelo in the international publications spotlight - Khazardaze’s step into politics has provoked politically motivated attack on him

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Mamuka Khazaradze, founder of TBC Bank and Anaklia Development Consortium, held on September 12 a presentation of a new public movement “Lelo” in Georgia’s coastal town of Anaklia.   “Lelo” is in the influential international publications’ spotlight.  On September 15 _EU...

Influential international publications focus on 'political motive' of Khazaradze-Japaridze case

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Influential international publications focus on 'political motive' of the case of cofounders of TBC Bank, Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze.  On September 11...

Ambassador Herbst - I believe Georgian government made mistake when refused to give agrément to Bridget Brink

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Former US Ambassador to Ukraine, director of the Atlantic Council's Eurasia Center John E. Herbst believes that the Government of Georgia made a mistake when did not sign a diplomatic agreement—known in diplomacy as an agrément—accepting the nomination of Bridget Brink, as new U.S. ambassador to Georgia.  „US-Georgia relationship is important for both countries. The two countries have...

Donald Trump nominates Kelly Degnan to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to Georgia

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President Donald Trump has submitted the nomination of Kelly Degnan to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to Georgia. Kelly Degnan is currently a political adviser to the U.S. Navy in Europe and Africa. She has 25 years of experience in diplomatic missions. Degnan held leading diplomatic posts in Italy, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Turkey. The post of the US Ambassador to Georgia has been vacant...

Georgian Dream names Giorgi Gakharia as candidate for post of Prime Minister

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The ruling Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia Party named Giorgi Gakharia, Minister of Internal Affairs as the candidate for the post of Prime Minister. Bidzina Ivanishvili, Chairman of Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia Party made the statement after the sitting of the political council and parliamentary majority held at the party’s central office. Giorgi Gakharia has held the posts of...

Mamuka Bakhtadze confirms that he resigns as Prime Minister

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Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze has resigned. Bakhtadze released the relevant statement on the social network. “The purpose and main mandate of my nomination for the post of Prime Minister of Georgia in 2018 was to create and implement a strategic development framework for the country, which would ensure the achievement of our state goals in the coming years and would serve as the guide for...

Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze released statement

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Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze, founders of TBC Bank have released a statement. As the statement notes, they have information that the Prosecutor’s Office invited representatives of the diplomatic corps to a closed meeting scheduled for September 6 to present a report prepared by two foreign experts hired by the Prosecutor’s Office. “We would like to remind the Prosecutor’s...

British Embassy on Khazaradze-Japaridze case - It is critical process is handled in an impartial and transparent manner

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British Embassy in Georgia has said that the UK is closely watching developments related to the TBC co-founders Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze. “As previously stated, it is critical that this case is handled in an impartial and transparent manner. This is crucial for Georgia’s ability to attract foreign investment in support of Georgia’s inclusive economic growth,” British...

Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure calls on Consortium to submit plan to government on replacement of Conti International in shorter period of time

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The Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia calls on Anaklia Development Consortium to submit a plan to the government on a replacement of Conti International LLC in shorter period of time. “The only company from companies of the Anaklia Development Consortium, which meets the tender requirements announced by the Georgian government,  was the U.S.-based Conti...

Ambassador Rood - Anaklia Port can be important part of strategic partnership between Georgia and U.S.

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Acting U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Elisabeth Rood has said the Anaklia Deep Sea Port can be an important part of strategic partnership between Georgia and U.S. “The Anaklia Deep Sea Port strengthens Georgia's potential as a transportation hub. We believe that this project should be implemented by the involvment of American investment. It can be an important part of a very strong strategic...

Georgia’s political airwaves battle heats up with new channel announcement

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A new front has been opened in Georgia’s ‘Battle of the political airwaves’ with the announcement that a new channel, Formula, will be broadcast from October. One of the financiers is oligarch Davit Kezerashvili, who served as defence minister during the short war with Russia in 2008 when Georgia was still ruled by the Mikheil Saakashvili administration. With main opposition TV channel...

GD member - If Consortium fails to fulfill parts of its obligations by October 15, government will re-announce expression of interest regarding Anaklia port

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MP from the governing Georgian Dream party Irakli Mezurnishvili has said that if the Anaklia Development Consortium fails to fulfill parts of its obligations by 15 October 2019, the government of Georgia will re-announce expression of interest regarding the Anaklia Deep Sea Port project. “Our government has given the highest status to the Anaklia Deep Sea Port project. This is a really...

British Embassy on Khazaradze- Japaridze case - It is critical that case is handled in impartial and transparent manner

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The founders of the TBC Bank, Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze have been formally charged by Georgia’s Prosecutor General's Office for “legalization of illicit income”.  The two are facing a criminal investigation for alleged breaches of money-laundering legislation, involving up to USD 17 million transaction that took place back in 2008. “The UK is closely watching developments...

US Embassy on Khazaradze- Japaridze case - We are concerned about the context and timing of these charges

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The founders of the TBC Bank, Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze have been formally charged by Georgia’s Prosecutor General's Office for “legalization of illicit income”.  The two are facing a criminal investigation for alleged breaches of money-laundering legislation, involving up to USD 17 million transaction that took place back in 2008. “We are closely following developments...

Ambassador Meunier on Khazaradze’s case - judiciary process should be transparent and not linked to any political consideration

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The founders of the TBC Bank, Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze have been formally charged by Georgia’s Prosecutor General's Office for “legalization of illicit income”.  The two are facing a criminal investigation for alleged breaches of money-laundering legislation, involving up to USD 17 million transaction that took place back in 2008. Pascal Meunier, Ambassador of France to...

Putin says he does not want Russia to impose sanctions on Georgia

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said in televised comments on Tuesday that he did not support a parliamentary call to impose tough economic sanctions on Georgia. The Russian parliament unanimously backed a resolution earlier on Tuesday urging the government to draw up sanctions against Georgia, a move that would sharply escalate a political crisis between the neighbors. “I would not impose...

President Zurabishvili calls on Russian leadership not to get involved in escalation

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Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili has commented on the recent developments in the country and called on all forces inside and outside Georgia for “de-escalation” of the situation. Speaking at a news briefing on July 9, President Zurabishvili stated: “we should not allow certain forces to discredit Georgia abroad and to trigger destabilization inside the country through...

Russia says Georgia isn't safe. Russians in Georgia say otherwise

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The warnings for Russian tourists from the country's state media are stark: travelling to Georgia is no longer safe, some tourists have even been attacked. "The state is warning you that nobody would guarantee your safety in Georgia," TV presenter Olga Skabeeva told her audience. The flare-up in relations began when Georgian protesters tried to storm parliament in the capital, Tbilisi, last...

Russia says Georgia isn't safe. Russians in Georgia say otherwise

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The warnings for Russian tourists from the country's state media are stark: travelling to Georgia is no longer safe, some tourists have even been attacked. "The state is warning you that nobody would guarantee your safety in Georgia," TV presenter Olga Skabeeva told her audience. The flare-up in relations began when Georgian protesters tried to storm parliament in the capital, Tbilisi, last...

Ivanishvili: 2020 Polls Proportional, Zero Threshold

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Bidzina Ivanishvili, the chairman of the ruling Georgian Dream Democratic Georgia (GDDG) said upcoming parliamentary elections in 2020 will be fully proportional with zero threshold. The current Constitution which was adopted in September 2017, and further amended in 2018 foresaw mixed election to persist until 2024, while in 2024 the country was to pass to a proportional system with...

Georgians angry over Russian lawmaker's visit try to storm parliament

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Crowds angry over the visit of a Russian lawmaker tried to storm Georgia’s parliament building on Thursday evening, pushing against lines of riot police, throwing bottles, and grabbing riot shields from some officers and tearing off their helmets. The scenes in Tbilisi, the Georgian capital, flared up suddenly after public anger over the visit and speech of a member of the Russian lower...

Carpenter -It's important for Pompeo to keep expressing such views so Georgia's leadership understands U.S. is paying close attention to Anaklia port project

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Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze, who is visiting United States, has met with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.  In his press remarks following the meeting with  Mamuka Bakhtadze, Mike Pompeo expressed hope that Georgia completes the Anaklia Deep Sea port project.   “I communicated our hope that Georgia completes the port project. The project and others will enhance...

Kurt Walker -Pompeo wanted to stress strategic importance of completing Anaklia Port project

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Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze, who is visiting United States, met yesterday with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.  In his press remarks following the meeting with  Mamuka Bakhtadze, Mike Pompeo expressed hope that Georgia completes the Anaklia Deep Sea port project.   “I communicated our hope that Georgia completes the port project. The project and others will enhance...

Pompeo Hails Georgia’s NATO Aspirations, Backs Territorial Integrity

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has praised Georgia's "leadership role as an aspiring NATO nation" and condemned "Russia's ongoing occupation" of the South Caucasus country's territory. "Georgia has fought to maintain its territorial integrity in the face of Russian aggression, and Russia's unlawful occupation of the Georgian territory, and its failure to adhere to cease-fire obligations,"...

Pompeo - I communicated our hope that Georgia completes the [Anaklia] port project

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday Washington hopes that Georgia completes the [Anaklia Deep Sea] port project.  In his press remarks following the meeting with Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze, Mike Pompeo said:“I communicated our hope that Georgia completes the port project." "The project and others will enhance Georgia’s relationship with free economies...

NATO – We don’t recognise so-called election held in Georgia’s Tskhinvali region

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NATO does not recognise the so-called parliamentary election held on June 9 in the Russian-occupied Georgian region of Tskhinvali. Elections in occupied Tskhinvali region are considered illegitimate by Tbilisi and many countries, including  the U.S., Azerbaijan, Slovakia, Lithuania as well as the EU and OSCE. “NATO does not recognise the so-called election held on June 9 in the Tskhinvali...

What are the chances that the EU visa suspension mechanism will be used against Georgia?

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Following the introduction of the EU’s visa free regime with Georgia, certain EU member states have expressed their concerns that Georgian citizens are misusing it. France, Austria, Germany and Sweden in particular have reported an increased number of violations (a higher number of unfounded asylum applications) since Georgia received visa-free status. While regular meetings do take place...

Georgia’s PM - Today we should be focused on specific outcome, which means construction of Anaklia port at rapid pace

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Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze has said that the country should have the Anaklia Deep Sea Port as soon as possible ‘to ensure full implementation of its transit function.’ ‘I would like to convince the Georgian society that the construction of the Anaklia Deep Sea Port is an integral part of our strategy. Moreover, we managed that this project is on a list of a lot...

US Embassy responds to President Zurabishvili's statement regarding US bases

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The US Embassy in Georgia responds to Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili's statement regarding the US bases. Salome Zurabishvili said in an interview with VOA that she recommended against hosting a U.S. military base on Georgian soil. ‘We are aware of the President’s personal comments on this issue; We are proud of our defense and security partnership with Georgia and consider it well...

EP on so-called Abkhazian presidential elections - we will not commit to observe such "elections"

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The European Parliament denies information spread by the de facto authorities of occupied Abkhazia and states it will not send an observation mission to the so-called presidential elections in the occupied region. ‘The European Parliament will not send an observation mission to the so called presidential elections in Abkhazia. Therefore, neither the European Parliament nor any of its...

Irakli Kobakhidze says President’s Avlabari Palace is built using money seized from people

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"The ceremonies will be one of the functions of the former presidential palace, while its main function will be to serve the people, - the Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia Irakli Kobakhidze told reporters on Tuesday. According to Irakli Kobakhidze, this palace is constructed using the money seized for the people, therefore the main task is to give this palace back to the people. “Our...

President’s Avlabari Residence to be used for hosting high ranking guests

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The main part of President’s Avlabari Palace will be used for hosting high ranking guests – Lasha Zhvania, Head of the President’s Administration, told reporters on Tuesday. “This is not the decision of the President’s Administration. This is the agreement between the President and the Prime Minister the main part of Avlabari Residence to be named the Palace of State Ceremonies,”...

U.S. Embassy on TBC Bank case - how conclusion comes about can have significant implications for Georgia’s reputation

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The U.S. Embassy to Georgia is closely following developments surrounding TBC Bank. “The conclusion of these matters, how that conclusion comes about, and how it is explained can all have significant implications for Georgia’s reputation as a place in which to invest and do business,” the Embassy told the _ACCENT_. As for the investment environment in Georgia, the Embassy said...

Carpenter - U.S. has strong strategic interest in completing Anaklia port facility

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Senior director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, former U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense, Michael Carpenter said on Thursday that the U.S. has a strong strategic interest in completing the Anaklia deep-water port facility. The Anaklia project is a joint venture of Georgia’s TBC Holding LLC and Conti International LLC. Georgian banking company TBC Bank...

Paul Goble – Moscow doesn't want the Anaklia Port project to go forward

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Former special advisor on Soviet nationality problems and Baltic affairs to former Secretary of State James Baker, American analyst Paul Goble is sure that Moscow doesn't want the Anaklia Drainage Port project to go forward. “Moscow doesn't want any alternatives for the flow of goods other than through Russia or its clients. It has lots of leverage both directly in the Georgian government...