“The situation in Georgia is critical” – assessments in the Senate
A hearing on “Strengthening Democracy in Georgia” was held at the US Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee.
Political controversy in the country, the issue of political prisoners, the need to reach an agreement, foreign challenges – these were the main focuses that the senators focused on.
The discussion was moderated by the chairman of the European Subcommittee, Democrat Senator Jean Shaheen, who said the situation in Georgia was “critical.” He called on the parties to reach an agreement, adding that the current crisis would either end with the return of democracy to the country or destroy Georgia’s many years of efforts.
“The only party that wins in this deadlock is Russia. Every day when members of the opposition sit in jail, the victory belongs to Russia; “Every day when the seats in the Georgian parliament are vacant, there is poor service for the citizens of Georgia and victory for Russia.” Said Jin Shaheen.
George Kent, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, addressed the hearing and spoke about Georgia’s external challenges – Russia as a source of destabilization. In his speech, he gave an important place to the internal problems of the country and the current political crisis.
“Melia ‘s arrest was a dangerous moment for Georgia’ s Euro – Atlantic aspirations and a step back for Georgian democracy,” he said. George Kent said in connection with the arrest of one of the leaders of the opposition, the chairman of the “United National Movement”, which, in his words, exacerbated the political crisis in the country. “Neither the Georgian Dream nor the opposition managed to use the opportunities of de-escalation”, – said George Kent.
Senator Jim Rish was also given the floor at the meeting. The Republican senator said that difficult political processes are developing in Georgia now and that the Georgian people “Deserves Better”.
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With whom, against whom? Two versions of Gakharia activation
After the former Prime Minister broke the silence and said that he is not leaving politics, both politicians and experts started arguing with whom and against whom Giorgi Gakharia is returning to politics.
Radio Liberty has focused on two main versions. According to one version, Gakharia is another project of Bidzina Ivanishvili, and according to another version, Gakharia operates independently.
Constitutionalist Levan Alapishvili does not rule out that Gakharia’s political plans are not only related to early elections, but also to self-government elections, and within the framework of “Ivanishvili’s project” or as an independent player. “To test the forces or to confirm the support to fight for the position of the first person of Tbilisi or any big city of Georgia.”
According to the proponents of version # 2 or some who do not share the end of version # 1, the first test will be a real and not an imaginary confrontation between Bidzina Ivanishvili and Gakharia with the Georgian Dream; Others think that the reality will appear more in the reactions of the “Georgian Dream” and in the confrontation of his former teammates with Gakharia.
“If fire is opened against him and his supporters, then it will be confirmed that he is not” Georgian Dream – 2 “. By opening fire, I mean raising specific cases. “Gakharia may be reminded of a number of issues.” – Ani Mirotadze tells us.
Opinions and key questions Read Lela Kunchulia’s article.
Georgia will receive the Pfizer vaccine today – epidemiological situation in the country
According to the Minister of Health Ekaterine Tikaradze, she will receive Pfizer vaccines in Georgia today, on March 24. Vaccine supplies will first be placed at the Centers for Disease Control and Public Health and then at vaccination centers. This is the second vaccine in the country. On March 15, the Coronavirus vaccine was launched with the AstraZeneca vaccine.
At the same time, the number of co-infected people in the country is increasing. However, according to Amiran Gamkrelidze, director of the Georgian Center for Disease Control and Public Health, this is not a leapfrog increase:
“Today, there are 528 new cases on 21,000 tests, which raised the positive rate to 2.53 percent in the country as a whole, but we still have a stable positive rate of seven days and fourteen days. The seven-day period is slightly increasing, ”said Amiran Gamkrelidze. He said the number of active cases is also increasing, although the dynamics regarding mortality is positive. “We have 4 deaths, which is the lowest since November”, – noted Amiran Gamkrelidze. He expressed the opinion that if the country goes through the current epidemic situation in March and April, it will most likely miss the third wave, although he also noted that in case of an increasing trend in the incidence of diseases, some tightening is expected.
The landslide is raging – the city still does not know how to solve the problem
According to science, the mass torn on the slope of Lake Lisi floats about 5 centimeters a day, even with the naked eye it can be seen that the crack is deepening. Residents are demanding a moratorium on the construction of buildings in Vashlijvari settlement.
City Hall invited foreign experts who are already studying the area, in parallel with the local population to form a group of independent experts and make the process transparent Asks.
On March 22, two German engineers-geologists arrived in Tbilisi. At a briefing held at City Hall today, it was said that geologists were studying the situation on the ground for the first 2 hours yesterday.
“We know that every landslide is unique as an organism. The same can be said about this landslide and your experts have described it correctly over the past days and weeks. “What I want to mention is that I was on the ground for 2 hours yesterday and I have my first impression with my colleague.” – Peter Newman said at the briefing at the City Hall.
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China and Russia are trying to demonstrate unity amid criticism and sanctions from the West
A meeting between Chinese and Russian Foreign Ministers Wang Yi and Sergei Lavrov was held in Beijing on March 23, at which the permanent members of the UN Security Council sought a united position to counter Western criticism and sanctions over human rights abuses in China and Russia.
At a joint news conference after the meeting, the Russian Foreign Minister said that Russia and China believe that the United States is trying to destroy the international legal architecture based on the Cold War-era military-political alliance.
“It is necessary to refrain from politicizing the issue of human rights and the practice of using it as an excuse to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries, to use a policy of double standards and to hold a dialogue beneficial to all countries in this area.”, – said in a joint statement of the Foreign Ministers of Russia and China.
A day before the meeting, the European Union imposed sanctions on China for the first time in 30 years for violating the rights of Muslim jurists, targeting 4 individuals and 1 legal entity.
COVID vaccination of citizens over 65 starts – what do they think?
From March 25, in addition to medical staff, persons over 65 years of age will be able to register on the vaccination portal. There are 555,983 people over the age of 65 living in Georgia. According to the vaccination plan, the vaccine is recommended for 60% of this age group. That is, for 333,590 citizens.
Lamzira Nikoleishvili, 71, and her 72-year-old wife will have a child registered on the vaccination portal. The family already has one vaccine, a grandchild. He is a nurse. This time he is waiting for his turn. It is certain that the only way to end a pandemic is through vaccination. He also says that the health problems he suffers from will be much more difficult in the event of a virus infection than vaccination. He said there is a way to get vaccinated to ease restrictions in the country and get life back to normal.
Read more In Nino Tarkhnishvili’s article.
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