Scandal erupted between Ukraine and Georgia over EU accession

Scandal erupted between Ukraine and Georgia over EU accession

A scandal erupted between Ukraine and Georgia over EU accession

Photo: David Arakhamia and Irakli Garibashvili 

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili accused the Ukrainian MP and the head of the Servant of the People faction David Arakhamia in allegedly creating obstacles to Tbilisi's path to EU membership. The Ukrainian people's deputy called these accusations fake.

This is reported by "RBC-Ukraine" with reference to "Echo of the Caucasus" and Telegram channel Arakhamia.

What Garibashvili said

According to Garibashvili, People's Deputy Arakhamia allegedly demanded from the US and Europe not to give Georgia the status of a candidate for EU membership. The Georgian Prime Minister allegedly received such information from European and American partners.

“One of the main initiators, who persistently demanded in Europe and the United States that Georgia not receive the status of a candidate, was the representative of the Ukrainian authorities, Mr. Arakhamia. They practically issued an ultimatum to the EU that if Georgia gets candidate status, they will be very upset,” Garibashvili said.

How Arakhamia reacted

In response to these accusations, the Ukrainian people's deputy recorded a video message to the Georgian people. In it, Arakhamia stated that the Prime Minister's statements are not true, and Ukraine supports the Georgian people on their way to the EU.

"Firstly, I have not been to Europe. Secondly, in the US, I was specifically engaged in substantiating the concept that Mr. Ivanishvili, who has a puppet government, is framing the Georgian people who want to go to Europe. Please do not pay attention to the fakes of the Prime Minister, who distributes false information on the order of the oligarch”, – said the people's deputy.

What preceded the scandal

Last week, the European Commission recommended that EU leaders grant Ukraine and Moldova candidate status for EU membership. But Georgia did not receive such a recommendation, since it must fulfill additional conditions.

Garibashvili reacted to such a decision of the European Commission by stating that he “does not envy either Ukraine or Moldova”, since these countries, according to him, they will receive the status of a candidate because of the war and the “difficult situation”.

BAGNET recalls that on Monday, June 20,  thousands of residents of Tbilisi went to a rally in support for Georgia's European aspirations. President Salome Zurabishvili supported the protesters.

Prepared by: Sergey Daga