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Georgian Dream elects Khobi municipal council member, expelled from Giorgi Gakharia's party, as Deputy Chairman of the council

Khobi municipal council member Nugzar Shushani, who was expelled from Giorgi Gakharia's party, has been elected Deputy Chairman of the municipal council by the Georgian Dream.As Berdia Sichinava, a member of the For Georgia party told InterPressNews, the decision was made at the Khobi municipal council session today."The party pursues a strict policy in relation to every such case. All those, who will be noticed in any form of bribery or cooperation with another political party, naturally, will be expelled from the party by our political council. As you can see, our information was confirmed the very next day. There will be no place for such people in our party," said Berdia Sichinava.According to him, the Government is actively persecuting the representatives of the For Georgia party, including members of the municipal councils."We can directly say that the Government is actively persecuting representatives of our political party, including members of the municipal councils. They use different methods. You know very well that the criminal world is directly involved in all this," said Berdia Sichinava.The For Georgia party stated yesterday that "Nugzar Shushania and Maka Chartia, members of the Khobi municipal council, who had been bribed and won over by the Dream, were expelled from the party. According to the party, Nugzar Shushania was promised the position of the Deputy Chairman of the municipal council.

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Georgia not to return to street and destabilization politics, Vice Speaker says

Georgia will never return to the street and destabilization politics. The government will do its best to continue democratic reforms,” said Parliament Vice Speaker Archil Talakvadze.Talakvadze said the radical opposition chooses street protest, while other opposition parties support European parliamentary result-oriented policies.Vice Speaker remarked on the statement of the Girchi-More Freedom party leader, Zurab Japaridze, who said that anti-government protests would resume from September.

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Georgian PM meets Demirören Holding Chair

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili met Yıldırım Demirören, Chairman of Demirören Holding on Thursday.Parties discussed the prospects of future cooperation. The focus was made on the investment opportunities in various directions, including the hospitality industry, real estate sector, energy and information technologies. It was noted that a large investment will be injected by the company for the construction of a new, 5-star hotel branded as Old Iveria in Tskaltubo.The potential of the country was highlighted at the meeting.According to the Prime Minister of Georgia, a stable and favourable business environment exists in the country for investors, with low rates and small number of taxes and unique location of the country, making Georgia particularly attractive for foreign investors.The meeting held at the Government Administration was attended by Ziya Alemdar, Vice-President of Demirören Holding and Supervisory Council Members – Sinan Oktay and Alaattin Aykaç; Kıvanç Oktay, Chairman of Lidya Yapi A.S. and Ivane Nakaidze, Founding Partner and CEO of Petrocas Energy Group.

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Podolyak's statement 'not correct,' Georgian Defence Minister, MP Sarjveladze say

Georgian Defence Minister Juansher Burchuladze and MP Mikheil Sarjveladze today echoed the statement by Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak, who yesterday said, “Georgian officials should change their tone, and if they cannot do it for some reasons, then shrink their public statements over Ukraine.”Juansher Burchuladze claims the “narrative” stemming from the Ukrainian authorities towards the Georgian Government is “not correct”.  “The Georgian Government had repeatedly tried to thaw its relations with the Ukrainian counterparts,” the Minister went on.MP Sarjveladze believes Podoliak’s “rhetoric” aims to “attack” and “criticize us” and make “the most serious” accusations, “all this discredits our country.”In his statement, Mykhailo Podolyak also said the ruling Georgian Dream founder and former PM Bidzina Ivanishvili should face sanctions.“There were rich people both in Georgia and Ukraine, we call them oligarchs. They buy parties, take seats in the parliament and have an influence on political processes. Ukraine went against it. We are trying to bring this process to the end, and Georgia should also do the same. Deoligarchization is an effective way and I am sure the country will go this way,” the Ukrainian presidential adviser stated.

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Kakha Kaladze - Georgia does not start a war and does not get involved in a war - we welcome the influx of tourists

According to Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze, Georgia is not starting a war against Russia and is not involved in the Russia-Ukraine war. This is how he answered the journalist's question, what is the Georgian government doing at a time when the next package of European Union sanctions may include a ban on entering the Shegen zone for Russian citizens.As Kaladze noted, he welcomes the influx of tourists to Georgia and does not see any problem with it."We have repeatedly made a statement that Georgia does not start a war and does not get involved in a war. There will be no "second front" in Georgia, Georgia does not join the sanctions. This is very important. We welcome the influx of tourists, I don't see any problem if any company or person is sanctioned , of course, this will be followed in Georgia within the framework of the law and the constitution. In Georgia, there is a constitution and there is a law, any person, be it a citizen of Georgia or a foreign country, if he violates the law of Georgia, he will be followed by an appropriate response," said Kaladze.

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Next generation grows up on history of Shindisi heroes, Speaker says

Georgian Parliament Speaker Shalva Papuashvili Thursday said, “our future generation is growing up on the history of the Shindisi heroes.”“Our future generation grows up on the history of the Shindisi heroes. Their love and sacrifice for their motherland is the strength of our country’s unification. I bow before them. Glory and eternal memory to the heroes,” Papuashvili said in commemoration of the 14th anniversary of the Shindisi Battle.Georgia is commemorating today a group of soldiers who lost their lives during the Russia-Georgia 2008 war in a battle in Shindisi village.The 17 heroes who were killed are as follows: Aleksandre Oniani, Emzar Tsilosani, Vepkhia Jishkariani, Zviad Katsadze, Teimuraz Beridze, Ilia Gabunia, Ilia Sheklashvili, Irakli Janelidze, Kakha Koshadze, Levan Mikeladze, Marlen Baramia, Mikheil Dvalishvili, Nikoloz Porchkhidze, Roman Zoidze, Ruslan Tsuladze, Peliks Kakauridze and Shmagi Kupatadze.

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Grigory Karasin: The European Union, the United States and Switzerland have an evident desire to disrupt the work of the Geneva discussions

According to the head of the International Affairs Committee of the Council of the Russian Federation, Grigory Karasin, the European Union, the United States and Switzerland have an evident desire to disrupt the work of the Geneva discussions on security and stability in Transcaucasia.­"The main mechanism that ensures stability in the region is the Geneva international discussions, convened since 2008, in which representatives of Sokhumi, Tskhinvali, Tbilisi, Russia and the USA participate through the mediation of the United Nations, the European Union and the OSCE," Karasin said.According to him, a total of 55 rounds "full of dialogue and intense discussions" have been held. Karasin called the Geneva discussions an insurance net in the South Caucasus region."What has been worrying in the latest period is the desire of the European Union, the United States and Switzerland to disrupt the work of these discussions under the pretext of the ongoing events in Ukraine. The last meeting was held in December 2021. This is extremely dangerous, because it can lead to deliberate provocation. Thus, when celebrating another date of Saakashvili's aggression, we should think about how to prevent something like this in the future," says Grigory Karasin.

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Mikheil Saakashvili: According to the most pessimistic scenario, Ukraine will need 10 months for the final victor

The imprisoned third President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, says Ukraine will need 10 months for the final victory, according to the most pessimistic scenario.As Saakashvili writes on the social network, the military leadership of Ukraine is not in a hurry - that's why they make few mistakes on the battlefield."My assessment of the situation on the front line in Ukraine: we have already destroyed 1,800 tanks. On average, we destroy 5 tanks per day. In my opinion, it is necessary to destroy 3,000-3,500 tanks in order to completely eliminate their potential. If this rate is maintained - 240-300 days will be required for this. I like that the military leadership is not in a hurry - so they make few mistakes on the battlefield. According to the most pessimistic scenario, Ukraine will need 10 months for the final and complete victory”, he said.

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PM congratulates women chess players on their achievement

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili congratulated the Georgian women’s chess team on winning the silver prize at the 44th Chess Olympiad 2022.“I wish our prideworthy ladies and wish them future successes,” PM said.The 44th Chess Olympiad 2022 was held in Chennai, India, from July 28 to August 10.

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Transneft: Ukraine has stopped the transit of Russian oil to Europe

The Russian state-owned company Transneft said that since August 4, Ukraine has stopped pumping Russian oil through the Druzhba branch to Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.The reason for the stop is that the Russian side cannot make a payment for transit under EU sanctions, Transneft spokesman Igor Demin said."We informed the Russian Ministry of Energy, as well as Russian shippers supplying resources in the direction of these three countries, and Ukrtransnafta, that the money is not going through and the payment cannot be made," Demin said.The Ukrainian side did not comment on these statements.

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Jim Risch: Yesterday marked the 14th anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Georgia, this violation of sovereignty and the world’s weak reaction led to the impunity Putin felt

The violation of sovereignty and the world’s weak reaction 14 years ago led to the impunity Putin, Senator Jim Risch has tweeted.­­According to him, this impunity led Putin to invade Ukraine twice, assist Assad in Syria, develop the Wagner mercenaries, and take de-facto control of Belarus.“Yesterday marked the 14th anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Georgia. This violation of sovereignty and the world’s weak reaction led to the impunity Putin felt to invade Ukraine twice, assist Assad in Syria, develop the Wagner mercenaries, and take de-facto control of Belarus”, the Senator tweeted.

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Kelly Degnan on meeting with Ivanishvili: We have not discussed sanctions, the issues that could be seen as blackmail or an attempt to drag Georgia into the war

According to US Ambassador to Georgia, Kelly Degnan, during a meeting with Georgian Dream founder Bidzina Ivanishvili, his personal finances were not discussed.As she mentioned in the interview with Formula, they have not discussed sanctions, the issues that could be seen as blackmail or an attempt to drag Georgia into the war."As I said, I meet many different people in Georgia - very influential successful Georgians, students and teachers. I meet so many different people because I want to better understand Georgian culture, Georgian society, Georgian dreams and aspirations. I want to understand how the USA can better help Georgia," the Ambassador said.According to Kelly Degnan, "Bidzina Ivanishvili is a very influential Georgian and a very successful businessman.""Obviously, I don't want to make assumptions about Mr. Ivanishvili's motives. For my part, I can say that we usually do not publicize private meetings, be it with Mr. Ivanishvili or someone else. It's just not common in diplomacy to do so. However, as soon as it became clear that Bidzina Ivanishvili himself was speaking about this meeting, I confirmed that we had met and talked about the US-Georgia partnership and many other areas where the US is trying to support Georgia's development. Obviously, Ivanishvili is a very influential Georgian, he is a very successful businessman, and therefore, it is normal that we want to meet him, like many other citizens of Georgia. In fact, this is exactly what diplomats do. Our task is to meet as many different representatives as possible. At this meeting, we also had the opportunity to talk about our efforts to provide multifaceted support to Georgia," Kelly Degnan notes.

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