“Missing opportunity” or “all obligations are fulfilled” – what can the country lose?
July 19 was a day of high-level meetings and important announcements. In the evening, the Presidents of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine signed a joint declaration against the backdrop of the sea and greenery in Petra Fortress. The event was attended by the President of the European Council Charles Michel.
“European integration has no alternative for our countries and no third party can influence this sovereign choice. “, – It is mentioned in the declaration.
In his speech at the opening of the Batumi International Conference yesterday, the Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Gharibashvili, said that Georgia intends to submit an official application for EU membership in 2024, adding that Georgia’s democratic development and further reforms are necessary to achieve this goal.
Hours before the announcement, the public heard the harsh public assessments of Charles Michel, the EU’s top president and President of the European Council, that the reforms would falter and that the steps taken by the government were one of the main directions of the April 19 agreement (the Charles Michel Agreement). Violated the principle established to strengthen the rule of law.
What choice is Georgia facing and what can the country lose? Read Lela Kunchulia’s article.
Journalists Michelle: This man – Gharibashvili, before the Prime Minister, all citizens are in danger
Journalists who have been demanding the resignation of the Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Gharibashvili for the last few days have written a letter to the President of the European Council, Charles Michel. Journalists from the Main Channel, TV Pirveli, Kavkasia, Formula One and other media outlets say they have been subjected to insults and discrediting by high-ranking government officials.
“You should know that as long as this man, Irakli Gharibashvili, is the Prime Minister of Georgia, the lives of almost all journalists and citizens, as well as the dignity and free future of this country, are in danger. You meet such a man today and we want you to know the truth.” – Said the journalists who gathered with the government administration.
Journalists gathered in Batumi before the opening of the international conference in protest. They had photos and banners with the caption “Democracy is in danger” with the late cameraman Lekso Lashkarava.
After the meeting with Charles Michel, media representatives also asked Irakli Gharibashvili when he was going to resign and take political responsibility for the July 5 events. The Prime Minister did not answer this question and left the briefing space.
Read on and see more here.
Zelensky: We are returning two citizens who were detained
At a joint press conference in Petra Fortress, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked his Georgian counterpart Salome Zurabishvili for the release of Ukrainian citizens.
“We inform the public that we are returning two Ukrainian citizens who were detained and I would like to thank the President of Georgia for this issue. “Madam President, I thank you and assure everyone that our friend Georgia, our partner country, is showing after historical tests that strength lies in unity.” Said Zelensky.
The President of Ukraine has confirmed to Salome Zurabishvili that he accepts her invitation to visit Georgia. Prior to Zelensky’s arrival in Georgia, Zurabishvili pardoned three people accused of illegally crossing the border into Georgian territorial waters.
Two of the detainees were Ukrainian sailors, and one was a Georgian citizen – a former member of the bodyguard of former President Mikheil Saakashvili. The lawyer said all three of them left the jail on the morning of July 19.
Is Mikheil Saakashvili connected with the case and is the misunderstanding between Ukraine and Georgia resolved? Read more in Koba Liklikadze’s article.
The air temperature may exceed 39 degrees
On July 20, the air temperature may exceed 39 degrees. Such is the forecast of the National Environment Agency.
According to the forecast of the agency, particularly high temperatures are expected on July 18-21 in Eastern Georgia. The statement also said that high temperatures are one of the contributing factors to forest fires.
According to the National Environment Agency, this summer in Georgia is usually 2-3 degrees hot. According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), 2011-2020 was the hottest decade in the world and 2021 will be included in the list of hottest years. Experts suggest that the trend will not change for the better in the future either.
EU agency to assist Lithuania on border amid influx of refugees from Belarus
The European Union (EU) says it will deploy 60 border guards next week to monitor the Lithuanian border amid an influx of illegal migrants from Belarus – a move seen by Belarus in retaliation for a new round of EU sanctions imposed on Alexander Lukashenko.
Frontex chief executive Fabrice Legger said in Vilnius on July 19 that the EU was facing an “unprecedented” process. “For the first time in history, Frontex is conducting such an operation in this region of the European Union,” Leger said.
About 2,100 illegal migrants crossed into Lithuania this year, of which 1,400 this month alone, according to the Lithuanian Border Guard Service.
Will Georgia offer “booster” doses of Chinese vaccines?
Some of the countries that vaccinated the population with the Chinese-made vaccine “Sinovak” have decided that the citizens will be given a third, so-called “Booster” dose of vaccine. As “boosters” they mainly choose American-made “Pfizer” and “Moderna”, or Oxford “Astrazeneka”. Particular emphasis is placed on nursing staff and citizens over 50 years of age. According to a recent study published in Thailand, citizens vaccinated with Sinovac lose 50% of their vaccine-producing antibodies every 40 days.
Georgia, at this stage, has received a vaccine dose of 300 thousand people “Sinovak” (600,000 doses). Of this, 100,000 are gifts from China, and half a million doses of “Sinovak”, which arrived in Georgia on July 2, were purchased by the government as a result of negotiations with the manufacturing company.
According to the July 18 data of the National Center for Disease Control, 46,358 people have been vaccinated with Sinovaki in Georgia. In two doses, 40,347. Mass immunization in the country started in early July with Chinese vaccines, “Sinovak” and “Sinopharm”. At present, most of the 100,000 people in Georgia are vaccinated with Sinopharm.
What decision will Georgia make? Will it offer the citizens vaccinated with Chinese vaccines the so-called “Booster” doses? Will Georgia have the number of highly effective vaccines to offer a third dose of vaccine to already vaccinated citizens?
Read more in Nino Tarkhnishvili’s article.