On January 28, in his remarks made in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Pete Olson (R-TX) slammed Georgia’s ruling party chairman, ex-Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili over Frontera Resources, as well as for “crushing basic human rights.”
“I have a question. What does Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street has in common with Republic of Georgia’s oligarch Bidzina Ivanishvili? What they have in common? Answer – they are both puppets who trash their own homes,” Congressman said, adding that “Vladimir Putin’s puppet [Bidzina Ivanishvili] has attacked the investment in Georgia and crushed basic human rights.”
What do @OscarTheGrouch and oligarch Bidzina #Ivanishvili have in common? They’re both puppets who’ve trashed their homes. Today I spoke on the House floor in support of the Georgian people demanding an end to @GovernmentGeo corruption and Russian influence in their country. 🇬🇪🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/OXhsXvFPei
— Rep. Pete Olson (@RepPeteOlson) January 28, 2020
He then noted that “coming from Texas, Frontera Resources, has been drilling in Georgia for years and years and years. They’ve created great jobs in America, great jobs in Georgia. They’ve created freedom…. Now they are drilling zero wealth in Georgia.”
Rep. Olson then stressed that “of course, …. Vladimir Putin is happy to control Georgia’s oil. This puppet oligarch Ivanishvili is getting rich off the backs of the Georgian people.”
“It’s time to wake up as protesters in Georgia need our support. Join me in raising our voices for freedom in Georgia,” he concluded.
On January 26, David Bakradze, Georgia’s ambassador to the U.S. said “the tone, in which the Congressmen supporting Frontera Resources address the Georgian Prime Minister – the Prime Minister of the United States’ strategic partner state – is absolutely unacceptable,” noting that “we have long experience of relations with the Congressmen supporting this company.”