Comment of the Press and Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia
Sooner or later, Russia will have to change its illegal decision of 2008 on recognition of the so-called independence of our regions and to de-occupy our territories. On 12 August 2008 the Russian leadership took on an international obligation to withdraw troops from Georgia and must fully comply with the ceasefire agreement reached through EU mediation.
The Georgian government does its utmost for confidence-building and reconciliation of the communities torn apart by the war and dividing lines, as well as to allow our citizens on the other side of the occupation line, regardless of their ethnicity, to fully enjoy the benefits offered by the state to its citizens.
The Georgian Foreign Minister has met with the Chairman of the German Bundestag’s foreign affairs committee
The Georgian Foreign Minister, David Zalkaliani met with the German Bundestag’s foreign affairs committee chairman, Norbert Röttgen, within the framework of the Munich Security Conference.
The Minister thanked the member of the German Bundestag for his support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as for its European and Euro-Atlantic course. The sides positively appraised Georgia’s achievements and tangible results, which the EU and NATO integration process brought to Georgia.
David Zalkaliani briefed Norbert Röttgen on the difficult security and humanitarian situation and gross violations of human rights on the ground. The importance of due action by the International community, including by the German political community was also highlighted.
The sides also spoke about the ways to further advance co-operation between the legislative authorities of Georgia and Germany. Special note was taken of the German Chancellor’s visit to Georgia and the Georgian President’s upcoming visit to Berlin, which will make the partnership between the two countries even stronger.
A new bill to the U.S. Senate envisaging stronger sanctions against Russia again includes provision in support for Georgia
The co-chair of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) introduced to the U.S. Senate, on 13 February, the Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act (DASKA) of 2019. The comprehensive legislation seeks to increase economic, political, and diplomatic pressure on the Russian Federation in response to Russia’s aggressive actions.
It needs to be emphasized that this Act, like previous legislations of the U.S. Congress, includes provisions expressing strong support for Georgia.
According to the Act, “the President should publicly call for the Government of the Russian Federation to return Crimea to the control of the Government of Ukraine, end its support for Russian-led forces violence in eastern Ukraine, end its occupation of and support for Russian-led forces on the territory of Georgia and Moldova, and cease enabling the brutal regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria to commit war crimes”.
“Amounts in the Countering Russian Influence Fund shall be used in countries of Europe and Eurasia the Secretary of State has determined are vulnerable to malign influence by the Russian Federation to effectively implement, subject to the availability of funds”. One of the goals of the Fund, according to the Act, is “to respond to the humanitarian crises and instability caused or aggravated by the invasions and occupations of Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine by 7 the Russian Federation”.
The legislation establishes a comprehensive policy response to better position the U.S. government to address Kremlin aggression by creating new policy offices on cyber defenses and sanctions coordination. The bill stands up for NATO and prevents the President from pulling the U.S. out of the Alliance without a Senate vote.
“Putin’s actions cannot be tolerated, and the consequences of inaction are quickly compounding – further humanitarian disaster in Syria, regional instability, kidnapping of Ukrainian sailors and seizure of ships, and the steady erosion of international norms. One thing is increasingly clear: Moscow will continue to push until it meets genuine resistance. That is why we are introducing a proposal to actually address the realities of the Kremlin threat in a holistic way, all while sending a crystal clear message to our adversaries that the U.S Congress will protect our institutions, allies and values even if the President chooses not to do so.” – reads the statement by the co-chair of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.)
“Our goal is to change the status quo and impose meaningful sanctions and measures against Putin’s Russia. The sanctions and other measures contained in this bill are the most hard-hitting ever imposed – and a direct result of Putin’s continued desire to undermine American democracy. The sanctions and measures we propose are designed to respond in the strongest possible fashion.” – reads the statement by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), one of the co-sponsors of the Act.
“Congress continues to take the lead in defending U.S. national security against continuing Russian aggression against democratic institutions at home and abroad,” reads the statement by Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), one of the co-sponsors of the Act.
According to Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), “Putin’s Russia is an outlaw regime that is hell-bent on undermining international law and destroying the U.S.-led liberal global order …With this bill, Congress is demonstrating firm bipartisan resolve against Kremlin’s mendacity and I hope it will move quickly to be signed into law.”
“This legislation builds on previous efforts in Congress to hold Russia accountable for its bellicose behavior against the United States and its determination to destabilize our global world order.”
said Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), one of the co-sponsors of the Act.
DASKA includes the following new elements: imposes sanctions in response to Kremlin interference in democratic institutions abroad; Other key provisions of the legislation include: the creation of a National Fusion Center to Respond to Hybrid Threats; the establishment of an Office of Cyberspace and the Digital Economy within the Department of State; pressure the Russian government to halt its obstruction of international efforts; A requirement for the Secretary of State to submit a determination of whether the Russian Federation meets the criteria for designation as a state sponsor of terrorism; A reauthorization of the Countering Russia Influence Fund, which would provide assistance to European countries vulnerable to Kremlin interference.
The bill needs to be approved by the US Senate, the House of Representatives and then signed by President Donald Trump for it to come into force.
For the press release of the U.S. Senators, please visit the link at:
“We must continue fight in partnership with Georgia in every way we can” - Francis Rooney
I feel it’s very important that we made a strong statement about the sovereignty of Georgia and about the problem that we all have over the frozen conflicts that Russia has deployed in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. We cannot accept it. We must continue fight against it in partnership with Georgia in every way we can” - US Congressman Francis Rooney is quoted as saying after his meeting with the Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani.
According to the Congressman, the U.S. appreciates the progress the nation of Georgia has made since becoming independent. The Resolution condemning the decision by the Syrian Arab Republic to recognize the territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent of Georgia provides a clear proof that the United States unequivocally supports Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
This Resolution heightens awareness of Georgia’s plight and the threats Russia presents to Georgia. So when things come to the need to vote, this lays the background for people to understand why they should consider voting for the pro-Georgia-U.S relationship” - Francis Rooney said.
Information about the preparation of Ashgabat High-level Conference is presented at the meeting in the WHO Headquarter
Informational meeting under the chairing of Regional Director of the WHO European Regional Bureau Zsuzsanna Jakab was held during the 144th session of the WHO Executive Council in the World Health Organization Headquarter in Geneva on January 20.
Delegations of member states of international organizations as well as the ambassador of foreign states permanently accredited in Geneva took part in the meeting. The participants discussed administration and budget issues as well as the programme of activity of the World Health Organization in coming period.
Speaking at the meeting, the Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan in Geneva introduced the information about the first International Conference on Prevention and Control of non-infectious diseases in Ashgabat on December 3 – 4, 2013, on which plenary session President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov made a speech. Ashgabat Declaration approved by the WHO European Regional Committee in 2014 has been adopted by the outcomes of this representative forum.
In this context, it was informed about the second International High-level Conference, which will be held in Ashgabat on April 9 – 10, 2019 and would be dedicated to the prevention and control of non-infectious diseases. In particular, the programme of the conference (high-level plenary sessions, thematic and interactive work group sessions) and agenda of the forum have been presented to the participants.
In the end, all member countries of the WHO were invited to participate in the forum for the development of coordinated solutions. It was mentioned that diplomatic missions of Turkmenistan in foreign countries would provide necessary support to the delegates.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
Meeting with the Energy Charter Secretary General Urban Rusnak is held in the Foreign Ministry
Meeting with the Energy Charter Secretary General Urban Rusnak who has come to Ashgabat on working visit was held in the Foreign Ministry on January 22.
During the talks, the sides discussed number of subjects related to the development of bilateral relations between Turkmenistan and the Energy Charter, which has started its activity on December 19, 2008.
Practical training of the representatives of our country in the Secretary Office of the Organization has also been reviewed under the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan and the Secretary Office of the Energy Charter on further development of cooperation dated November 28, 2017.
International partnership n energy section is one of the determining factors of sustainable development of the states , universal peace, stability and prosperity these days, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted. Following this, being one of the leading energy powers, Turkmenistan carries out targeted foreign activity for the last several years focusing the attention of the world community on provision of energy security.
In this regard, having mentioned the priorities and efficiency of the 28th Conference of the Energy Charter in Ashgabat on November 28 – 29, 2017, the sides reviewed the subject of the 15th session of Target Group for Regional energy cooperation in Southern and Central Asia (RECCA) in 2019.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan