Georgia refused to transit Russian oil

Georgia refused to transit Russian oil

Georgia denied Russian oil transit

Tbilisi, Georgia (file photo)   Georgia denied Russian oil transit

Tbilisi denies Kyiv's allegations of Georgia's involvement in Russian schemes to circumvent sanctions

Georgia refused to accept the sanctioned cargo of a Turkish vessel that stopped in the port of Batumi. This was stated in the ruling “Georgian Dream” in response to new accusations from Kyiv and the Georgian opposition that Tbilisi is helping the Russian Federation to circumvent international sanctions imposed due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

As previously reported by the Georgian Media, June 24 from the Russian port of Tuapse under the flag of Turkey left the vessel ESEN KA with 30 thousand tons of Russian oil on board, which was intended for transportation to Turkey. The tanker entered Batumi port on June 26.

“Georgian state authorities act with maximum responsibility, and to date, the customs authorities have not given consent to receive such cargo,” Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy of Georgia Levan Davitashvili said at a briefing on June 27.

the minister assured the media that Georgia has never passed sanctioned cargo through its territory, and does not intend to do so in the future. At the same time, Davitashvili noted that “the issue of sanctions is often subject to misinterpretation.”

Kyiv's accusations

Another accusation that Tbilisi contributes to the circumvention of the sanctions imposed against the Russian Federation was voiced by the head of the Servant of the People faction in the Verkhovna Rada David Arakhamia. At the same time, he threatened to make the evidence public.

Arakhamia said that during his visit to the United States, he and his colleagues briefed the American side on the existing schemes for circumventing restrictions by the Russians.

“One of these is the use of Georgian jurisdiction. Georgian authorities are helping Russia to circumvent sanctions. When this information became available to the United States, we heard many words from various Georgian officials that this was allegedly not true. But over time, more and more objective information appears to confirm my words,” the Ukrainian MP said.

Arakhamia said he would soon release details of transactions abroad and the accounts of state officials from Georgia, as well as evidence confirming the involvement of billionaire ruling party founder Bidzina Ivanishvili in the process of helping a “terrorist sponsor country.”

“But I must disappoint everyone who decided to make money on the deaths of Ukrainians. It won't. And Mr. Ivanishvili should be the first to get ready. We are taking off soon, and this is not a tourist trip,” Arakhamia wrote in his Telegram channel.

Recall that earlier the Ukrainian side, including the Intelligence Service of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, several times circulated statements in which they claimed that the political leadership of Georgia had allegedly agreed to provide Russia with territory for smuggling authorized goods, and that allegedly Georgia, together with the leadership of Armenia and Azerbaijan, was conducting negotiations with Moscow on the re-export of Russian products to international markets. The Georgian authorities categorically denied these allegations and demanded immediate evidence.

“Accusations without facts”

The Georgian Dream party called David Arakhamia's statements “false and provocative.”

“Until now, all these statements were absolutely irresponsible, they are not supported by any facts. It is the same today: we have only heard accusations without facts,” Georgian Economy Minister Levan Davitashvili said in his June 27 commentary.

It is noteworthy that the ruling power has repeatedly stated that the current Ukrainian leadership has close ties with ex-President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili, who is currently in a Tbilisi hospital, where he was transferred from prison for treatment due to a sharp deterioration in health.
< br />When asked by journalists – what interest Arakhamia might have when he claims that Tbilisi is helping Russia avoid sanctions, the Georgian Dream answered that the goal of the Ukrainian politician could be some kind of “revolutionary processes” that would bring Saakashvili's UNM party to power . According to the ruling party, if Saakashvili's party comes to power, it will allegedly “open a second front” in Georgia, i.e. will join the confrontation between Ukraine and Russia.

It is noteworthy that in April, Aleksey Arestovich, adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, said that against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine, Tbilisi was given a “historic opportunity” to return Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region. After that, Georgian Dream began to explain Kyiv's claims against Tbilisi on a number of issues by saying that the current leadership of the country, unlike Saakashvili's party, is against a war with Russia. Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili has previously condemned and refuted this Georgian Dream narrative.

Opposition reaction

Part of the Georgian opposition admits that such serious allegations Kyiv's side, as an aid in circumventing sanctions, is probably based on facts and has declared its readiness to familiarize itself with the evidence.

At the same time, Mikheil Saakashvili's UNM party stated that they have no doubts that the Georgian Dream is involved in these Russian schemes. UNM accused Bidzina Ivanishvili of turning Georgia “into a black hole” and stated that as a result, the billionaire is unlikely to be able to avoid sanctions.

this illegal economic activity,” the UNM says.

Relations between Kyiv and Tbilisi deteriorated after Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili announced on February 25 that he would not impose individual sanctions against Russia. This provoked a backlash in Kyiv, and President Volodymyr Zelensky recalled the Ukrainian ambassador from Georgia in protest.

resolutions in support of Ukraine. At the same time, representatives of the Georgian leadership insist that the introduction of individual sanctions by Georgia against the Russian Federation will not affect the Russian economy, although at the same time it will bring significant harm to the Georgian economy.