Sanctions, possible suspension of aid – how do you understand the new remittances to Georgia from Washington, Brussels
Clear and tough statements are heard from Washington and Brussels in assessing the violent events in Georgia on July 5 and the non-fulfillment of international obligations related to the judiciary.
Lekso Lashkarava, the cameraman of Pirveli TV, has been described by international partners as a victim of violence on July 5 and has demanded that not only the perpetrators but also the instigators be punished. Of the US The State Department does not shy away from asking about possible personal sanctions.
At the same time, there is talk in Brussels of the violation of the document signed on April 19, the “Charles Michel Agreement”. Due to the fact that the process of appointing judges to the Supreme Court has not been suspended, Georgia may be left without another tranche of EU macro-financial assistance, 75 million euros.
You understand the messages of international partners differently in Georgia. Georgian Dream is convinced that the processes are within the law, that is, they are taking place; Violators are also caught and, consequently, the imposition of sanctions is out of the question.
I assure everyone that no one will impose sanctions on Georgia. “Georgia is a leading country not only in the South Caucasus, but also in the Eastern European region by the standard of democracy and human rights … Sanctions are out of the question.” – says Nikoloz Samkharadze, Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Relations.
Does the government have a basis for calm? Read more in Lela Kunchulia’s article.
Zaza Gakheladze is free
After a year of captivity, Zaza Gakheladze is already with his family. He left Tskhinvali prison after the pardon of the de facto president, about which it became known yesterday. The former captive of the occupiers returned home with the prime ministers.
“I’m fine. I did not expect that [გათავისუფლებას] Really “ – Zaza Gakheladze told the journalists. His release came as a surprise to the family as well.
“Thanks to God, thanks to our patriarch and by standing by our government, I am fine … everything is fine today … [ოჯახს] Welcome from here … [როგორ მოხდა დაკავება] If I remember everything, we will have to stand here for a month and I’m sure my children will watch me – come, tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, I’m not going anywhere. “I did not leave here of my own free will either.” – Gakheladze said.
The Prime Minister also commented on the dismissal: “Thanks to Zaza, this hero man. I want to tell you that as a result of our intensive work, with the direct involvement of the Patriarch, with the direct involvement of the President, we have held intensive negotiations and Zaza is free.” – said Irakli Gharibashvili.
The Prime Minister did not answer the question about the fact that the de facto regime released Zaza Gakheladze in return. According to the information provided by the “Res” agency, Zaza Gakheladze was exchanged by the Georgian side for a “citizen of South Ossetia” in Gobozov, who moved to Tskhinvali the day before.
All places are occupied for vaccination on Pfizer
It is no longer possible to register for the pfizer vaccine on the registration platform for the coronavirus vaccine, which was disconnected or interrupted for several hours on July 14. The system writes that all bookings are made in Tbilisi and the regions and there is no more free space.
According to the Minister of Health Ekaterine Tikaradze, the delay in the registration process was caused by a large appeal.
28 thousand doses of Pfizer vaccine arrived in Georgia today. Vaccination for people over 18 starts on July 16.
A total of 317,537 people have been vaccinated in Georgia so far. According to the vaccination plan, by the end of 2021, 60% of the population in Georgia was planned to be vaccinated. A shortage of vaccines makes it impossible to achieve this goal.
A new vaccine against coronavirus is planned to be tested in Georgia
According to Reuters, the final, third phase trials of the Israeli-made coronavirus vaccine, BriLife, will be conducted in Georgia. The tests will be conducted by the American pharmaceutical company NRx Pharmaceuticals.
The Ministry of Health did not confirm this information to Radio Liberty. The director of the National Center for Disease Control, Amiran Gamkrelidze, recalled that negotiations were underway on this issue. “About a month ago”.
“There was one meeting only with their representatives and we explained the regulations related to this issue in the country. This refers to [წამლის] Regulatory Agency. We redirected. I have no information since then and I can not tell you anything more “ – He wrote to us.
GYLA: Judges in the Supreme Court were appointed as a result of a deal between the clan and the government
The Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association, while assessing the fact that the Parliament has appointed 6 judges of the Supreme Court for life, notes that people loyal to the influential group of judges – the clan and their leaders – have been appointed to the position. According to GYLA, the decision was not based on a broad consensus between the parties, which in the future will have a negative impact on trust in the court:
“The ruling party did not take into account the context, the calls of the partners and the expert assessments, which significantly damaged the independence of the judiciary, strengthened the positions of an influential group of judges, clans in the Supreme Court and further alienated the justice system from the prospect of recovery.” – It is mentioned in the statement. According to the statement, the High Council of Justice acted similarly when, in a crisis of confidence in the court, procedures for the appointment of judges began and nominations were submitted to Parliament.
An Armenian soldier was killed in a shooting near the border with Azerbaijan
According to the officials, an Armenian soldier was killed in the shooting near the border with Azerbaijan, while the Azerbaijani side suffered a “loss”. Tensions between the sides remain high, following last year’s war over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
According to the Armenian Ministry of Defense, the shooting took place on the morning of July 14, when Azerbaijani forces “provoked” Armenians when they tried to deploy their forces on Armenian territory on the Eraskh section of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nakhichevan exclave border.
Children – the target of the fourth wave of the pandemic? – What does the mother of an infected child say?
14-year-old Andria is diagnosed with COVID-19 at the Tbilisi Children’s Infectious Diseases Clinical Hospital for the sixth day. The mother had hoped that Andrew would be discharged on July 14, however there are still changes in the blood test and she should continue treatment at the clinic. Ana Javakhishvili, Andria’s mother, tells us that 5-6 new patients are admitted to the hospital every day. The age of the youngest patients starts from one month. He said in those six days the clinic opened additional wards for infected children.
Anna does not know which strain of coronavirus her child is infected with. Apparently, they did not consider it necessary to clarify this, he tells us. Now Anna worries that for the last two days, Andria’s psychological condition has worsened:
“It was closed, I say that they do not want to communicate with me anymore. He told me yesterday that I do not feel strong at all. However, he is a physically big child, he never complains about energy. Probably a factor as to why they’re doing so poorly. “.
Andrew was taken to the hospital by the ambulance brigade with a high fever. His mother said his condition was severely assessed because he had a high fever for three days. Serious changes were also observed in the blood.
Are children the targets of the fourth wave of the pandemic? Read Nino Tarkhnishvili’s interview with the mother of a co-infected teenager.