"Ian Kelly is persuading us that prosecuting a person for a crime distances us from Europe, while the torture and killing of a large group of people brings us closer to Europe. This view was expressed by him and Kramer, which is absolutely absurd, if not nonsense,” said First Vice-Speaker of Parliament Gia Volski, responding to an article published by Ian Kelly and David Kramer.
At the same time, Volski called Ian Kelly a lobbyist of the National Movement.
"Ian Kelly is one of the lobbyists of the United National Movement and he argues that prosecuting a person for a crime distances us from Europe, while the torture and killing of a large group of people in prisons, and not only in prisons, brings us closer to Europe. This is his view, which he and Kramer very briefly expressed in one paragraph, which is absolute absurd, if not nonsense," Volski said.
"Putin Is Failing in Ukraine, But Winning in Georgia” - this is a joint article of former US Ambassador to Georgia Ian Kelly and former US Assistant Secretary of State David Kramer published by The Bulwark. The article talks about Georgia going in the wrong direction and emphasizes that particularly since the crisis in Ukraine, Georgia’s governance has increasingly resembled the Russian model, complete with one-party rule and persecution of the opposition. The authors note that the latest disturbing step in Georgia’s march toward authoritarianism occurred last week when a judge sentenced Nika Gvaramia, the director of leading opposition TV channel “Mtvari Arkhi,” to more than three years in prison on politically motivated charges.