Bidzina Ivanishvili: "Who want closure of Russian market, are Georgia’s enemies"
17 July, 2019
Bidzina Ivanishvili: "Who want closure of Russian market, are Georgia’s enemies"
Those, who tell-tale that we must replace the Russian market by the European and Ukrainian ones, are absolutely ignorant and uneducated, Bidzina Ivanishvili, the Chairman of the Ruling "Georgian Dream" told reporters in Batumi on Wednesday.

According to Ivanishvili, those, who want the Russian market to be closed and the trade with Russia to be suspended, are the enemies of the country.

“If you pay attention, Europeans, even the developed European countries, try to establish themselves on the Russian market. The
replacement of the Russian market is not easy for anyone - neither for the Europeans and nor especially for us. It takes years to export goods into a new market and to attract the attention of new customers. It's not a simple process. Our products are known in Russia and they have consumers there. When the Russian market was closed, the diversification took place, and this process continues, but the people who want the Russian market to be closed and the trade [with Russia] to be suspended, are the enemies of the country,” Bidzina Ivanishvili said.

Bidzina Ivanishvili about June 20-21 events

“Since June 21, the opposition - the “National Movement” and its like-minded parties, including the “European Georgia” or small parties, which are associated with it [“National Movement”]- insist resignation of Gakharia [Interior Minister]. There are no questions about the legitimization of the use of force either in Washington or in Europe, where these footages were seen. A legitimate force was used that nobody has questions about. If there was any question about legitimization, the issue of responsibility of the Interior Minister would have been raised. There is no such question anywhere – neither in Europe nor by the ambassadors; I know the position of Washington, too. Consequently, there is no question about the responsibility of the Interior Minister,” Ivanishvili said.

Bidzina Ivanishvili about the resignation of Irakli Kobakhidze

“Kobakhidze has not committed any crime. The “National Movement” has managed to provoke the situation. Taking the speaker's chair by Gavrilov has been an “error in protocol”. It was not Kobakhidze’s mistake. It was followed by a fair protest from society. Kobakhidze looked into the situation, he covered the team and left his mandate. Gakharia [Interior Minister] is an even a better man, he will not fight for a post at all. Gakharia’s resignation, the “National Movement” wants today, means that tomorrow, they will arrive at the Parliament, and there must not be police officers there and the violators must be able to enter the Parliament building freely,” Ivanishvili said.

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