Georgia's president-elect refuses to cooperate with Russia amid Ukraine row
Salome Zurabishvili, who won the presidential election in Georgia on Thursday, believes this is not the right time to cooperate with Russia.
"I don’t think that given the way Russia is acting now, given what is happening on the occupation line, where people are abducted, while this line is moving deeper into our territory, closer and closer to Tbilisi... given the way Russia is now acting regarding Ukraine, I don’t think that all this means that we can proceed to cooperation right now,” Zurabishvili told the BBC Russian Service.
The president-elect said that Georgia retains a pro-European stance, and if the country's western partners, EU and the U.S., start a dialogue with Russia, then, of course, Georgia will not stand aside.
As reported, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that Russia, while attacking Ukrainian boats in the Kerch Strait area, sought to provoke a return fire to repeat the 2008 Georgian scenario against Ukraine.