Zalkaliani may meet Lavrov at United Nations

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Georgia’s Foreign Minister Davit Zalkaniani may meet with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov within the framework of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly. “Today, the Swiss side offered us to communicate with the Russian side within the framework of the ongoing UNGA session, where our delegation will have the opportunity to discuss the most problematic issue.  This...

Elene Melikishvili - Khazaradze case looks like Yukos case

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TBC Bank, the leading Georgian banking company, is facing criminal investigation over money-laundering allegations involving a USD 17 million transaction that took place in 2008.  On July 26 Tbilisi City Court ruled that the founder and former Board Chair of the TBC Bank, Mamuka Khazaradze and his Deputy Badri Japaridze are to post a GEL 700,000 bail each after being charged in a money...

Why are Pompeo’s warnings about Georgia trusting China so important?

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We all know about Russia’s bullying activities that have rumbled the Republic of Georgia in the preceding decades ever since its strife for independence in the late 1980s.  It’s a bully that is unsuccessful because of gluttonous habits of its leaders and elite and doesn’t like nations that used to be its inferiors to have superior lifestyles and prosperity than Russia itself, just...

Why are Pompeo’s warnings about Georgia trusting China so important?

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We all know about Russia’s bullying activities that have rumbled the Republic of Georgia in the preceding decades ever since its strife for independence in the late 1980s.  It’s a bully that is unsuccessful because of gluttonous habits of its leaders and elite and doesn’t like nations that used to be its inferiors to have superior lifestyles and prosperity than Russia itself, just...

Carpenter - If US investors are forced out of Anaklia port project, this would potentially freeze future US and Western investments in Georgia

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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 spoke on Monday about potential consequences for Georgia, if US investors are forced out of the Anaklia Deep Sea Port project.  “If US investors are forced out of the Anaklia project in favor of Chinese companies, this would send a chill and...

Kurt Walker on Anaklia Port: “It has potential to be strategically important for Georgia's security and future”

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The U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations, the executive director of the McCain Institute, Kurt Volker said that “the Anaklia Deep Sea Port has potential to be strategically important for Georgia's security and future.” The construction of the Anaklia Deep Sea Port started on December 20, 2017. The opening of the first phase of the Port is scheduled by 2021. “First of...

Ariel Cohen – Anaklia port will provide Georgia with additional capacity to become important transit country

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Ariel Cohen PhD, Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council, and Principal, International  Market Analysis Ltd has said that the Anaklia Deep Sea Port is likely to be one of the successful projects of the South Caucasus end of the Silk Road. “The port of Anaklia is an important terminal on the Belt and a Road network. It will provide Georgia with an additional capacity to become an important...

Bud Coote - Reliance on Gazprom for gas supplies, even for diversification, creates more vulnerability for Georgia

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Accent’s interview with Bud Coote, senior fellow of the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center. -MR. COOTE, THE GEORGIAN ECONOMY MINISTER GIORGI KOBULIA STATED ON FEBRUARY 18, THAT “THE COUNTRY DOES NOT WANT THE ONLY SUPPLIER TO BE AZERBAIJAN AND WE NEED DIVERSIFICATION. WE ARE NEGOTIATING WITH GAZPROM FOR DIVERSIFICATION”. HAVE YOU SEEN URGENT NEED AND REAL REASON FOR GEORGIA TO TAKE...

Commander of NATO's Allied Maritime Command - Anaklia project to promote strengthening of Georgia's security

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The Commander of NATO’s Allied Maritime Command, Sir Clive CC Johnstone said on Thursday that the construction of the first Deep Sea Port Anaklia will strengthen Georgia's security. "In general, constructing a deep-sea port is important for any country and it is brilliant that Georgia is investing in this project,” Sir Clive Johnstone said in his interview with _THE ACCENT_. "I think...

Ulrik Tidestrom: We are following TBC Bank case

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Ambassador of Sweden to Georgia Ulrik Tidestrom said on Friday that diplomats and investors are following the developments around TBC Bank. On February 14 the National Bank of Georgia (NBG) issued a statement giving the shareholders two months notice to remove the Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Mamuka Khazaradze and his deputy Badri Japaridze from the Supervisory Board. The NBG says its...

Stronski on TBC Bank case – I hope prosecutors conduct independent evidence-base investigation

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Former senior analyst for Russian domestic politics in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, senior fellow in Carnegie’s Russia and Eurasia Program, Paul Stronski has expressed the hope that prosecutors conduct independent evidence-base investigation regarding the TBC Bank case. TBC Bank, the leading Georgian banking company, is facing criminal investigation over...

“If Georgian officials want foreigners less and less to buy property, they should review their laws rather than enforcing entry restrictions”

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ACCENT’S INTERVIEW WITH HAMED KAZEMZADEH, PH.D. AT THE CENTER FOR EAST EUROPEAN CENTER AND THE AUTHOR OF THE BOOK ‘GEORGIAN CULTURE AND PEOPLE’ -TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE RECENT INCIDENTS, THERE IS AN IMPRESSION THAT RELATIONS BETWEEN GEORGIA AND IRAN ARE GETTING WORSE AND WORSE. HOW DO YOU THINK, IS THERE A BASIS FOR THIS OPINION? HOW WOULD YOU ASSESS CURRENT RELATIONS BETWEEN THE...

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...

Henrik Hololei - We are very keen to see Anaklia project take shape

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The European Commission's Director-General for Mobility and Transport, Henrik Hololei said on Tuesday that construction of the Anaklia Drainage Port is one of the priority projects between Georgia and European Union. “One of the important projects is the Anaklia port. Georgia needs deep sea port in the Black Sea. Today Georgia’s ports are not able to receive about 75% of the ships, because...

Ambassador McKenzie on TBC Bank developments - We look closely at all those cases, where are significant British investments

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British Ambassador to Georgia Justin McKenzie said on Wednesday that the growth of local and foreign investments is important for Georgia’s rapid path to economic development. In this regard one of the important projects for Georgia is the Anaklia project, which is a joint venture of Georgia’s TBC Holding LLC and Conti International LLC . Georgian banking company TBC Bank is facing a...

Ambassador McKenzie - Anaklia project is answer to ambitious challenge

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British Ambassador to Georgia Justin McKenzie spoke on Wednesday about the importance of the Anaklia project. As he told the Accent, “Georgia is located between Europe and Asia and this Geographical location gives the country a natural advantage in this direction.” “Over the years, Georgian governments have used a number of possibilities to benefit from this advantage. The Anaklia...

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...

NATO Chief: We expect Georgia to continue to focus on consolidating democratic institutions and to strengthen the rule of law

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s interview with the Accent. - MR. STOLTENBERG, A SHORT TIME AGO MEETINGS OF NATO MINISTERS OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS TOOK PLACE. FOLLOWING THE MEETING OF THE NORTH ATLANTIC COUNCIL WITH GEORGIA AND UKRAINE IN FOREIGN MINISTERS' SESSION, YOU STATED: “AT OUR MEETING TODAY, WE AGREED TO CONTINUE WORKING TOGETHER TO PREPARE GEORGIA FOR NATO MEMBERSHIP. WE...