Salome Zourabichvili about Russia, Mikheil Saakashvili and Giorgi Margvelashvili
21 May, 2019
Salome Zourabichvili about Russia, Mikheil Saakashvili and Giorgi Margvelashvili
During her visit to Estonia, Salome Zourabichvili, President of Georgia gave an interview to the Eesti Rahvusringhääling (Estonian radio and television organization). Zourabichvili talked about the relationship between Russia and Georgia. According to her, occupied territories in Georgia are not tragedy only for those living near the occupation lines but also to the 300 000 internally displaced persons and the authority. Zourabichvili pointed out that Russia gradually shifts the barbed wire deeper into the Georgian territory, every day people are abducted
from the occupation line and no one knows when and how they will come back. She said that Georgia has no alternative but to become part of EU and NATO.

Salome Zourabichvili was asked about the comparison between freedom of expression during Saakashvili’s and her Presidency. She claimed that Georgia is moving forward in this regard. According to her, in terms of press freedom and rule of law, her presidency cannot be compared to Saakashvili’s tragic period. To the question about Saakashvili’s future, she said that Saakashvili failed to rebuild himself. Zourabichvili stated that Unlike Saakashvili she has not committed any crime and is not afraid of her future.
Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili and Prime Minister Jüri Ratas
Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili and Prime Minister of Estonia Jüri Ratas

The president of Georgia was also asked about Giorgi Margvelashvili, Former president of Georgia, renting his house through Airbnb and the possibility of poor pension policy for government servants. Zourabichvili said that during Saakashvili’s presidency, the salaries were so high that the officials did not even need a pension. Now she is afraid of complaining about the policy as people might think the president is doing it for her own good.

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