President Salome Zurabishvili does not recommend building of the US military base in Georgia
01 May, 2019
President Salome Zurabishvili does not recommend building of the US military base in Georgia
According to President Salome Zourabichvili, it is not recommended to build an American base in Georgia. As Zourabichvili said in an interview with the VOA Georgian Service, it is not necessary to take steps that can be perceived as a provocation.

"I do not think this is recommended. I think the country needs to strengthen its security. There is no need to take steps that can be perceived as a provocation and I do not think the United States is ready
to have a military base here, which would draw the attention of not only Russia but also of terrorist movements that are very active in our region. Based on the existing mutual understanding, we should deepen our cooperation and should not take steps that can provoke others' reaction," said Zourabichvili.

Salome Zurabishvili also made comments about the Geneva Format between Georgia and Russia.

According to President Salome Zourabichvili, when voicing the messages regarding the need to change the Geneva format, she talks not only to Russia, but also to international partners.As Zourabichvili said in an interview with the VOA Georgian Service, the partners should not have a feeling that we have put up with the current situation.

"The Geneva format should return to its first format, it was a much higher format with the same composition. I do not speak to Russia in this case. This is more a message to our partners, because they should not have a feeling that we have put up with the situation that the Geneva format plays a formal role, where only some technical issues are discussed.

All our partners should feel that it is not enough for us. This is a message. This concerns not only the Geneva format, but the bilateral formats as well. If you consider yourself a friend of Georgia, you should put the issue of occupied territories in all bilateral formats. Russia should be reminded that non-fulfillment of obligations is a violation of international principles," said Zurabishvili.

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