CNN- Georgia against Russian occupation, NOT against the Russian people
01 July, 2019
CNN- Georgia against Russian occupation, NOT against the Russian people
CNN has recently published an article inviting people to visit Georgia. The author of the article Will Cathcart calls on “travelers, wine drinkers, hikers and beachgoers—Dear epicureans, romantics and historians” to look for an adventure in Georgia to spite Russian President Vladimir Putin. Will Cathcart is an American freelance journalist based in Tbilisi. He is a former media advisor to the president of Georgia.

The article “To spite Putin, come visit Georgia” reads that Georgians protests against the presence of a
Russian MP in Georgia were followed by the ban on Russian airlines flying to Georgia. Georgia relies on tourism and all the country needs is a visit. Although Georgia’s support for the EU and NATO is great, they hesitate to offer help to Georgia amid pressure from Russia.

“Why is Putin doing this? For two reasons: First, he is terrified that the Russian people will see protests in Georgia and do the same. Second, Putin wants to twist the narrative to make the Russian people think that the protest this weekend was a Russophobic demonstration (pro-Kremlin media outlets, according to the Georgian site civil.ge, portrayed the protests as undermining Russian-Georgian relations).”

Will Cathcart emphasizes that Georgians go against Russian occupation and not against the Russian people.

“Russians are welcome here, just as they always have been. Russians soldiers in tanks are not.”

The author tells international society to defy Putin and his malicious ban by getting pleasure from ancient wine, innovative cuisine, stunning Caucasus Mountains, the vibrant Black Sea coastline and the celebrated hospitality in Georgia.

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