International assessments and talk about the need for dialogue
After the arrest of Nika Melia and the protests at the end of the day, the conversation started again as a way to ease the crisis. EU Ambassador Carl Hartzel commented on the importance of dialogue before meeting with the opposition.
President Salome Zurabishvili, who met with Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili, also stressed the need for dialogue. According to the Presidential Administration, they talked about the political crisis. Gharibashvili addressed the opposition yesterday and said it was “time for dialogue.”
It should be noted that the day before, he said in his speech in the parliament that he was not going to have a dialogue with the opposition on early elections. However, this issue remains one of the main demands of the opposition, as well as the release of political prisoners.
Yesterday, American and European partners directly stated that Georgia would suffer because of the political persecution of the opposition, that international support and the prospects of the country’s membership in the European Union or NATO would be called into question.
What do international partners see when they look at the developments in Georgia? What happens next? Why do you remember Russia and what benefits does the Kremlin expect? – Read more in Lela Kunchulia’s article.
Melia demands to put the TV in the cell – the Public Defender met him in prison
Public Defender Nino Lomjaria met with Nika Melia, the chairman of the United National Movement, who was detained by police on February 23. As the ombudsman points out, Melia believes that the cell conditions are satisfactory. His only requirement at this point is to bring in a TV.
“After the arrest, Nika Melia was initially transferred to one of the departments of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, from where he was transferred to Rustavi Penitentiary Institution # 12. He says there was no use of force or physical abuse against him. Thinks that the conditions in the prison are satisfactory. Feels energized. I wanted to say publicly that he is in a very optimistic mood. The only requirement at the moment is that there is no TV in the cell. We also talked to the prison administration and I hope that this logistical issue will be resolved and they will be able to get acquainted with the current events. “, – says Nino Lomjaria.
Opposition plans for rallies
Today, the opposition together with the supporters will organize a procession of vehicles from the Republic Square to the 12th penitentiary institution in Rustavi, where Nika Melia is staying. The traffic will start at 2 o’clock.
At the same time, the opposition is preparing for the February 26 rally, which was announced by UNM leader Khatia Dekanoidze yesterday.
“Now we, each patriot and Nika himself, call on you to start a large march from the Philharmonic Hall on February 26, at 15:00, dedicated to the occupation against the Rodionovs, Gavrilovs, it will be a march for freedom,” – said Khatia Dekanoidze.
Iran confirms cease to inspect nuclear facilities, US seeks to “expand and strengthen” nuclear deal
Iranian state television confirmed that on February 22, Tehran had suspended the implementation of an additional protocol allowing inspectors to conduct an unexpected inspection of nuclear facilities. The move confirms that Iran continues to violate the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal.
The warning came after Iran announced it would expand uranium enrichment. At the same time, the US and its Western partners are trying to survive a joint and comprehensive plan of action, the 2015 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. He left the US in 2018 and again imposed sanctions on Iran lifted as a result of the agreement.
On February 22, the US administration said it would return to strictly enforcing the agreement if Tehran did the same.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken told a UN-sponsored disarmament conference in Geneva that Washington hoped to “expand and strengthen” the agreement.
Western VS Russia – who says what about the arrest of Nika Melia
The world media is responding to the arrest of Nika Melia and the assault on the office of the “National Movement”. Western journalists write that the civil strife is escalating and Georgian democracy is in danger, and the most important thing for the Russian media is that Melia was the organizer of the “anti-Russian protest”.
Partners grief and warnings VS story about the arrest of an anti-Russian accused.
Russian media has been actively covering the events in Georgia since yesterday morning. “The leader of Saakashvili’s party has been arrested in Georgia,” the Russian edition RBC wrote.
Kremlin-sponsored RT (Russia Today) broadcast the Kremlin narrative, reminding readers that it was during Saakashvili’s rule in 2008 that “Georgia attacked South Ossetia.”