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The USA has decided to offer military and trade aid to Georgia, but there are conditions

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar May20,2024

The US has decided to offer military and trade aid to Georgia, but there are conditions

The US Congress will present a draft law that will provide support to Georgia on the condition that it meets "key political criteria"
The United States decided to consider providing Georgia with major military and trade aid in exchange for stopping the anti-democratic drift towards Russia, which intensified with the adoption by the Georgian parliament of a “law on foreign agents'' similar to the Russian one.

According to the terms of the bill , which will be presented in Congress this week by South Carolina Republican Congressman Joe Wilson, the US will begin negotiations with Georgia on the opening of a "reliable preferential trade regime", as well as visa liberalization – subject to the fulfillment of key political criteria, according to POLITICO, which has read Wilson's bill.

The bill authorizes officials to develop a package of military support for Georgia, including "the provision of security and defense equipment ideally suited for territorial defense against Russian aggression, as well as accompanying elements of training, maintenance and operational support.

This program is supposed to be activated only if the United States confirms that “Georgia has demonstrated significant and sustainable progress in the revival of democracy, as evidenced by, at a minimum, fair and free elections and a balanced pre-election campaign environment».

Congressman Wilson is chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, an independent US government agency that monitors freedom and democracy across the continent. His bill "MEGOBARI Act" (Georgia Mobilization and Empowerment Act to Strengthen Accountability, Resilience, and Independence) echoes warnings from other leaders in Washington.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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