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"This is a red line": Georgian MP explains how the adoption of the law on "foreign agents" will affect Georgia

Nadiya DanyshchukWorld
Giorgi Vashadze explains how the adoption of the law on "foreign agents" will affect Georgia. Source: Photo: twitter.com/magradze

The adoption of the law on "foreign agents" by the Georgian parliament, which was "copied" from Russian dictator Putin, will actually change the country's foreign policy. This document is a clear "red line" that will cause Georgia to lose all of its achievements in European integration and strategic partnership with the United States and the European Union.

This was stated by Georgian politician, member of the Georgian Parliament and founder of the Innovation and Development Foundation Giorgi Vashadze in an interview with OBOZ.UA. He explained the consequences of the adoption of this "Putin's" law.

"If the Parliament adopts this law, it actually means that all the relations we had with the European Union and America are being revised. The strategic partnership with the United States of America is being revised, the visa-free regime that we currently have with the European Union may be revised, and the candidacy for the EU may even be suspended. This actually means that the country's foreign policy is changing," the politician said.

He noted that this law was once invented by Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, who established an authoritarian regime in Russia.

"The alleged reason is just transparency, but in reality, this law destroys the public sector, free media, political parties, etc.", explained the Georgian politician.

Therefore, the adoption of this document by the Georgian authorities will lead to a review of relations between democratic countries and Tbilisi and even to the imposition of sanctions against the country.

According to Vashadze, 85% of Georgian citizens support European integration. That is why people do not agree with such actions of the pro-Russian parliament and go to rallies.

"Now tens of thousands of people have come to the rally on Rustaveli Street, people are outside, they are actively protesting. The protest will not stop until we win," Vashadze said.

Former Prime Minister of Georgia, founder of the ruling Georgian Dream party, Bidzina Ivanishvili, who is considered the richest man in the country, is pushing this law in the parliament. His goal is to stop Georgia's movement towards Europe and monopolize power in the country.

"We have elections in October, so the most important thing will be in the elections, and that's the situation. I do not think that Bidzin Ivanishvili, a Russian oligarch of Georgian origin, will succeed, in fact, he wants to establish an authoritarian regime in the country now, and if he succeeds, then a lot of people will leave the country. But I think we will definitely win, because we need not just to eliminate this law, we need to change the government," emphasized Vashadze.

As reported by OBOZ.UA:

On May 1, the pro-Russian parliament of Georgia passed in the second reading the scandalous draft law "On Transparency of Foreign Influence" - the so-called law on "foreign agents". The bill still needs to pass a third final reading before it can be finally adopted. The date has not yet been set, but according to media reports, the vote is expected to take place on May 17. In addition, the law must overcome the president's veto.

Mass protests continue in Georgia, with demonstrators in Tbilisi declaring an indefinite action of disobedience. In the evening of May 12, a large-scale rally against the law on "foreign agents" ended with an attempt to disperse the protesters.

The European Parliament called on the European Union not to start membership negotiations with Georgia if the draft law on "foreign agents" is passed in the country. MEPs also called for the suspension of Georgia's candidate status.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, in turn, also emphasized that the European Union has clearly expressed its concern about this law on foreign influence. She called on the Georgian authorities to listen to the people's opinion.

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