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Georgia Invited to NATO Partnership Events, Says Assistant Secretary O’Brien, Urges Government to “Reconsider Its Positions”

All U.S. partners, including Georgia, will be invited to participate in NATO partnership events, Jim O’Brien, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs said on June 24. In his remarks, the Assistant Secretary of State also said that the U.S. is “very troubled” by the decisions and rhetoric “coming from a very small number of leaders” of the GD.

Jim O’Brien said “it’s clear [that] 80 to 85 percent of the Georgian people want further integration to the EU and NATO”, and pointed to the deceptive statements by members of the Georgian government as if their recent actions do not jeopardize this path.

Assistance State Secretary O’Brien recalled the recent statements by the U.S. as well as the today’s statement by EU High Representative Josep Borrell that recent GD decisions are “incompatible with the EU and US based international organizations, citing in particular “recent reports of violence against opposition leaders and members of civil society, the adoption of the foreign agents law, and the awarding of the Anaklia port project to the Chinese company.

He reiterated that the U.S. is asking the Georgian government “to reconsider its positions.” and noted that the US will continue reviewing the multilateral and bilateral engagements with Georgia.”

He clarified that if Georgia wants to join the Western political “clubs”, it will have to accept the rules of the club, and stressed that this does not question the Georgian sovereignty, as it is often presented by the GD members.

He also said that discussions with Georgian officials will continue in the meantime.

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