Thursday 23 March 2017
“The head of the MFA of Austria offered to send refugees from the EU to Georgia – apparently in exchange for the visa-free regime. It would be interesting (to see), would Georgia be capable of refusing the EU?”A member of the Russian Duma claimed that Georgia received visa free entry into the European Union as a part of a deal to resettle migrants in Europe in refugee camps in Georgia. EU and Georgian officials say the claim is bogus.
“This is also connected with a necessity of ensuring security, when not only Central Asia, but also the Trans-Caucasus regions of the South Caucasus are becoming routes, which insurgents, extremists, terrorists and drug traffickers are actively trying to use.”Georgia allows Russians unfettered access into Georgia while Russia requires Georgians to obtain a visa. Russia’s foreign minister claims Georgia cannot be granted a visa-free regime because of the country’s poor security environment. The Georgian government disputes the claim and says Russia has greater security problems related to terrorism.
“In reality, the country is in an economic crisis, as it was in the nineties.”A pro-Russian opposition leader in the Georgian parliament says that Georgia is in a similar economic crisis to what it faced in the 1990s. A Polygraph.info fact check shows that statistics do not back that up.
“When a country joins NATO it becomes next to impossible for it to resist pressure from major NATO leaders such as the United States, and hence, it may deploy anything – a missile defense system, new bases, or if need be, missile strike systems.”The Russian president says the United States and other major NATO members use the alliance to exert pressure against Russia by forcing Eastern European members to establish missile defense systems. But Eastern nations say they are the ones demanding more military installations and troops.