16:46 24.08.2018

Georgian opposition disappointed in Merkel's opinion on Georgia's accession to NATO, EU

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Georgian opposition disappointed in Merkel's opinion on Georgia's accession to NATO, EU

Representatives of the Georgian opposition are concerned that German Chancellor Angela Merkel statements in Tbilisi regarding the prospects of the country's Euro-Atlantic integration were not particularly optimistic.

"Merkel gave us not particularly optimistic responses about the prospects of Georgia's Euro-Atlantic integration, and that's concerning," Grigol Vashadze, one of the leaders of the United National Movement opposition party and a former foreign minister, told reporters after a meeting between representatives of the opposition and Merkel.

This indicates that the incumbent Georgian authorities' foreign policy work is poor, Vashadze said.

"As for Germany's stance, I found out today that it has not changed since 2012. This shows that Germany has probably not thought much about this issue, and that second, as for our authorities, the foreign policy apparatus has totally fallen apart, it doesn't work, can't work, and won't work with our main allies to ensure that there are shifts useful for us in their stances," Vashadze said.

At the meeting, the parties also discussed the economic situation and political processes in Georgia, and "the negative role that Russia plays in the South Caucasus," was also mentioned, he said.

On Friday, Merkel said at a meeting with Georgian students at Tbilisi State University that she does not think Georgia will join NATO or the EU soon.

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