“35 heroic soldiers sacrificed themselves for the idea of world peace, fight against international terrorism, idea of integration into NATO and the European Union, up to 500 soldiers have been severely wounded, and what are we talking about today? Despite all this, it turns out that Georgia should be punished for not having a war today?” Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili stated at the plenary sitting of the Parliament.
As he noted, the decision made by the European Commission regarding Georgia is disappointing.
"We are told that yes, you deserve the perspective of becoming a member of the European Union and that the European Commission recommends that Georgia be granted candidate status with a number of reservations, meaning that it is vice versa in our case, which is certainly disappointing. I would like to pay tribute to our heroic soldiers who sacrificed themselves for the Euro-Atlantic idea. It seems that then no one remembered either our geography or the different geopolitical situation. We’ve sent a record number of troops to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Central Africa. We were represented everywhere with dignity. 35 heroic soldiers sacrificed themselves for the idea of world peace, fight against international terrorism, idea of integration into NATO and the European Union, up to 500 soldiers have been severely wounded and what are we talking about today? Despite all this, it turns out that Georgia should be punished for not having a war today? How can we understand all this, my friends?! It was directly stated that Ukraine was given the status because Ukraine is at war," Gharibashvili said.
This statement of the Prime Minister was followed by noise in the hall. The opposition responded to the Prime Minister by asking: "Are you saying Europe wants a war in Georgia?"
The Prime Minister did not answer the question. He addressed citizens and noted that the decision regarding Georgia was very disappointing for those who supported the European idea.
"Of course, everyone is heartbroken, but we must look at this process very calmly," Gharibashvili said.
The PM’s statement was followed by a remark from MP Tako Charkviani, to which the Prime Minister responded: “Does Ms. Tako need medicine? Give it to her, calm her down, she is crazy," Gharibashvili said.