The Russian deputy in the Chairman’s chair of the Parliament of Georgia
20 June, 2019
The Russian deputy in the Chairman’s chair of the Parliament of Georgia
The Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy is taking place between the 19th and 22nd of June in Tbilisi. Up to 100 members of 25 delegations are visiting Tbilisi within the scope of the event. The parliamentary opposition is protesting against the conduct of the Assembly. The visit of the Russian Delegation to Georgia was also protested by the citizens, arguing that Gavrilov was fighting against Georgians in the region of Abkhazia in the 1990s.

On the 19th of June, the Ambassador of
Ukraine to Georgia left the reception held within the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy in protest when Sergey Gavrilov, the member of Russia’s State Duma, was delivering a speech. Ambassador Igor Dolgov said that he did not want to hear the speech of the Russian official. The Ukrainian diplomat underlined that Russia continues occupying Ukraine and Georgia and it contradicts all international norms.

Russian MP says he feels no discomfort in Georgia as it is his homeland

To the question of whether he was feeling discomfort due to being in the country, 20 % of which is occupied by Russia, Gavrilov replied that he feels no discomfort.
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“I do not have any discomfort, I'm very happy that I'm in my homeland,"the member of the Russian Duma Sergei Gavrilov said.

Gavrilov believes that Russia and Georgia should resume relations in another direction, too.

"I think we should contribute not only to tourism and business but also in culture, and I want to reply to the fake news released by the Georgian media: Gavrilov has never participated in any hostilities in the territory of Abkhazia. It’s a lie,” Gavrilov said.

The Russian deputy in the Chairman’s chair of the Parliament of Georgia

The President of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy, Sergei Gavrilov, a deputy of the Russian Duma from the Communist Party, is leading the session from the Chairman’s chair in the Parliament of Georgia today on the 20th of June.

Deputy Chairperson Tamar Chugoshvili about the Assembly

I am devastated by seeing the Russian deputy in the Chairman’s chair, - Deputy Chairperson of the Parliament of Georgia, Tamar Chugoshvili, says in her statement posted on Facebook.

"There is nothing harder for me to see than this. I do not know what to say. Every day I think about how to turn the Parliament into a full state institution. I am just devastated by seeing the Russian deputy in the Chairman’s chair", - Tamar Chugoshvili said.
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People have recently created Facebook events to call on the Georgian population to gather at the building of Parliament of Georgia and protest the conduct of the Assembly.

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