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Judge Instructs Penitentiary Service to Allow Empathy Center Experts with Saakashvili

The judge of the case of illegal crossing of the state border, Nino Chakhnashvili, instructed the Penitentiary Service to allow experts from the Empathy Center with Mikheil Saakashvili.The judge granted the lawyers' motion to admit a group of experts to the clinic.However, as the prosecution explained, since the case concerns human health, they do not oppose the motion of the defense.At today's trial, Judge Nino Chakhnashvili also read a statement sent by the Penitentiary Service, according to which, since the issue of transferring Saakashvili to the clinic was on the agenda, he could not be allowed to have experts with him for this reason.The trial of former President Mikheil Saakashvili on the case of illegal crossing of the Georgian state border is underway in the Tbilisi City Court. Mikheil Saakashvili does not attend the trial due to his health condition.We would like to remind you that the investigation into the fact of illegal border crossing by Mikheil Saakashvili started on October 1. Four more people - Elguja Tsomaia, Zurab and Shalva Tsotsoria and Giorgi Narimanidze - have been charged in the case and it is being held separately. They exchanged the detention as a measure of restraint in exchange for bail. The said persons plead guilty.

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Mamuka Mdinaradze believes that Saakashvili was taken to a clinic for insurance so that he "would not do anything to himself"

"Call on Saakashvili to trust the doctors and he will not need to be transferred or transferred." - This is how Mamuka Mdinaradze, the chairman of the Georgian Dream faction, responds to the request of Mikheil Saakashvili's defense that Saakashvili be taken to a clinic abroad for treatment.According to him, he thinks that Saakashvili was taken to the clinic for insurance so that he "would not do anything to himself.""I think (it may not be so) taken for insurance so that this man really does not have to do anything to himself and if anyone really cares about his health, they should call on him to follow Ron's doctor's recommendations and have no problem.The rest is really an artificially created problem, not to move to Europe, if he believes in Georgia, everything will be fine, I sincerely believe so, no other reason has given me any information to think differently, "Mdinaradze said.

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Mikheil Saakashvili's trial has been postponed

The trial of Mikheil Saakashvili in the case of group embezzlement of large sums of budget funds has been postponed in the Tbilisi City Court.The reason for the postponement of the trial was a letter sent by Saakashvili, according to which he refuses to continue the trial without his presence.The judge in today's trial should have responded to the motion of the defense, according to which they ask the experts to let Saakashvili in.For reference, in the mentioned case, which the society called. Known as the case of jackets, along with Mikheil Saakashvili, former head of the Special State Protection Service Teimuraz Janashia is also accused. The prosecutor's office accuses the defendants of embezzling a large amount of budget money - GEL 9 million.

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Nika Melia: I am very optimistic that this situation will change very soon in favor of Mikheil Saakashvili as an unjustly imprisoned person

“I am very optimistic that this situation will change very soon in favor of Mikheil Saakashvili as an unjustly imprisoned person. He will be transferred to the relevant civilian medical facility in the relevant European country," Nika Melia, the leader of the United National Movement, told reporters after meeting with Derek Chollet, Counselor of the US Department of State.As Melia explained, Mikheil Saakashvili fights for life."We talked about Nika Gvaramia and Mikheil Saakashvili. Political imprisonment, which is no longer perceived as a sensation in the country, is more disturbing for our partners. This situation is aggravated by the circumstances in which Mikheil Saakashvili is. He fights for life. The role of representatives of our main partner state is very important in this regard.As never before, I am very optimistic that this situation will change very soon in favor of Mikheil Saakashvili as an unjustly imprisoned person. He will be transferred to the relevant civilian medical facility in the relevant European country," Melia said.As for the director of the Mtavari TV, Nika Gvaramia, as Melia noted, he hopes that "measures will be taken relating to Nika Gvaramia very soon and he will come back soon.""There is not even a question mark regarding Nika Gvaramia. He is a classic political prisoner, in every sense, a media representative.The Georgian Dream went even further, the head of one of the leading critical media outlets, a journalist, was unjustifiably arrested. I think measures will be taken relating to Nika Gvaramia very quickly and he will come back to you soon,” said Melia.


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Salome Zurabishvili: May 26 is a day of reflection and understanding, we must ask ourselves whether we are doing everything the way the country needs - it is more up to us who are standing on the other side of the rostrum to contemplate

May 26 is not just a day to revive the past, nor is it a normal holiday, it is a day of reflection and understanding! It is a day when we should think about our country and ask ourselves whether we are doing everything that this country needs, its future, the well-being of the population, its independence and freedom, said the President of Georgia, Salome Zurabishvili at the event dedicated to Independence Day.According to the President, on May 26, the Georgian nation decided to live in a free, independent country once and for all."Dear compatriots! Congratulations on Georgia's Independence Day! Congratulations especially on Independence Day to those of you who take an oath for the homeland today. The Georgian military was characterized by the ability to fight, responsibility, self-sacrifice and loyalty to the oath! Today, you have become part of such a dignified military history and will continue this tradition with dignity. You know and are well aware that defending the independence and freedom of a country is not an easy task and requires dignity and dedication.On May 26, the Georgian nation decided once and for all to live in a free, independent country; Thus, the Georgian nation, once and for all, refused to be part of another country, slavery.May 26 is not just a day to revive the past, nor is it a normal holiday, it is a day of reflection and understanding! A day when we should think about our country and ask ourselves if we are doing everything we need to do for this country, its future, the well-being of its people, its independence and its freedom.This question should be asked by everyone, every citizen, every child of this country, living here or abroad. For this is what independence means, the future of our children is in our hands! No one can avoid this responsibility. However, obviously, it is more up to us, who stand on the other side of the rostrum, to contemplate, for we have more responsibilities. This responsibility is intensified, because Georgia is once again standing at a crossroads, as at many crucial moments in its history. We are faced with a time of new opportunities and new challenges, it requires from us, with caution, certain answers, readiness, foresight, vision of the future and courage. It requires, first of all - and I will say this as many times as the case requires - unity," the President said.

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Prime Minister: Today, Georgia expects a wise, politically right and just decision from Europe, a recognition of our historical aspirations, fulfilled commitments and reforms

"I am happy that I was honored to sign the Association Agreement with the European Union during my term as Prime Minister," Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili said during a speech at the event dedicated to Georgia's Independence Day.As the Prime Minister noted, Georgia today enjoys free trade with the European Union and visa-free travel for our population, which is an important, tangible achievement."Despite the global challenges facing the world today, which have severely affected the economies of many countries, the country maintains stability and development through the prudent, national interests-oriented policy of our Government.From this rostrum today, I would like to express once again the solidarity of our Government and our people towards the Ukrainian people.Today, our country is a reliable and loyal ally of the European Union and everyone recognizes that Georgia has a truly distinguished leading position among the Eastern Partnership countries, as well as among the so-called Associated Trio countries.Today, Georgia expects from Europe a wise, far-sighted, politically right and, most importantly, just decision, a recognition of our historic aspirations, tireless efforts, commitments in the integration process and reforms," ​​the Prime Minister said.

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Joe Biden congratulates the Georgian people on Independence Day

The President of the United States of America Joe Biden congratulates the Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Gharibashvili and the Georgian people on Independence Day.According to the letter of the US President, the United States deeply values Georgia's contribution to global security."Dear Mr. Prime Minister:I wish you and the people of Georgia a Happy Independence Day on May 26. The people of Georgia and the American people share strong bonds that reflect our spirit of independence and mutual commitment to freedom.Georgia has demonstrated its fierce determination to protect freedom around the world. We deeply value the contributions you have made to global security throughout our 30-year bilateral relationship, including through our shared commitment and sacrifice in Afghanistan.Even as we celebrate Georgia's independence, we recognize that the Russian occupation of 20 percent of Georgian territory prevents many Georgians from fully exercising their human rights and fundamental freedoms. The United States continues to steadfastly support Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders and to call on Russia to end its occupation of sovereign Georgian territory.The United States will also continue to support the people of Georgia as they pursue their aspirations for a future of peace, prosperity, and democratic freedom. The United States will continue to be a steadfast partner to the Georgian people as you work to implement reforms and cement your country's rightful position in the Euro-Atlantic community," Joseph Biden's message reads.

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Zelensky supported the demand to introduce a visa regime for Russian citizens

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday ordered an end to visa-free travel for Russian citizens, citing the need to improve the security of Ukrainian borders in the face of a Russian invasion.Currently, Russian citizens are allowed to visit Ukraine without visas.Zelensky supported the petition on the introduction of a visa regime with Russia, published on the President's website.“Against the background of full-scale Russian aggression, the issue raised is important and urgent, therefore, I support the need to strengthen the regime for controlling the entry of Russian citizens into the territory of Ukraine,” he stressed.The President of Ukraine said that he had sent a letter to Prime Minister Denys Shmygal with a request to work on this issue.Recall that Vladimir Putin at the beginning of last month signed a decree on the introduction of visa restrictions for citizens of countries that Moscow considers "unfriendly", including Ukraine.

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"Now is the time for Georgia to take decisive steps to reaffirm its commitment to the European path" - Carl Hartzel

EU Ambassador Carl Hartzel congratulates the Georgian people on Independence Day.As Hartzel notes, the EU remains a staunch supporter of Georgia's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity."I heartily congratulate Georgia and the Georgian people on Independence Day.The EU remains a staunch supporter of Georgia's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. In this difficult time, we are united by solidarity with Ukraine.We stand by Georgia and appreciate the deep ties between us. We want these connections to be further deepened. On March 3, the Georgian government announced its intention to join the European Union, expressing the aspirations of the country's absolute majority.Georgia made a choice based on its own historical values. "Now is the time for Georgia to take decisive steps to reaffirm its commitment to the European path."

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Turkey demands a written agreement with Finland and Sweden

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey wants to reach a written agreement to resolve differences over Sweden's and Finland's NATO membership bid.On May 25, delegations from Sweden and Finland arrived in Ankara for talks with President Erdogan."We are waiting for concrete steps. We do not have enough wishes ... We want to conclude a written agreement. Everything will be on paper," Cavusoglu said in an interview with the Turkish newspaper Sabah.Turkey opposes the entry of these two countries into the alliance, accusing them of harboring activists of the Kurdish movement, whom Ankara considers terrorists. ."We have prepared our roadmap and documents about what kind of organization it is - the YPG (Kurdish People's Protection Units). The lifting of the defense embargo will also be one of our requirements," he said.In 2019, Finland and Sweden imposed an arms embargo on Turkey following its invasion of Syria.

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