Georgia’s PM promises long-lasting peace with Russia



Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili on Friday assured citizens that the country will maintain a long-lasting peace with Russia and ruled out any military conflicts between both nations.

“We guarantee our residents that peace will be long-lasting. There will be no second front, no war in the country; on the contrary, there will be devel-opment, progress, and peace,” Garibashvili told journalists.

Bidzina Ivanishvili, the founder of the ruling Georgian Dream party, is the one to be thanked for stability, development, and peace in Georgia, Garibashvili said, adding that the Georgian authori-ties will not give in to the opposition’s provocations desiring to undermine the situation in Georgia.

Garibashvili said in early April that Georgia will not join Western sanctions imposed on Russia in response to its special military operation in Ukraine.

Russia launched its special military operation in Ukraine on February 24 after the breakaway repub-lics of Donetsk and Luhansk appealed for help in fending off Kiev’s provocations. The United States and other Western countries have since been pres-suring Moscow with sanctions, which include air-space closures and restrictive measures targeting numerous Russian officials and entities, media, and financial institutions.—AP


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