Salome Zurabishvili: Mindaugas Kulbis / AP
The President of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili has ruled out the possibility of rapprochement of Georgia with Russia on the basis of a single religion. She wrote about this on his page in Facebook.
“What the Orthodox Union can exist with the country that is the occupier not only our territories, but fights against religion, the Christian rules,” — said the Georgian leader.
Also Zurabishvili accused Russia of using religion to achieve political goals, without specifying, however, what incidents she is referring to.
Earlier it became known that the Ambassador of Ukraine in Georgia Igor Dolgov left passing in Tbilisi the President of the inter-parliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy, a Russian diplomat Sergei Gavrilov in protest. Dolgov has accused Russia of “occupation” of the Ukrainian territory and waging “aggressive war” against Ukraine. “The Christian religion and Church is a peaceful existence, not occupation of territories. That’s all. I have no more comments,” he added.
Salome Zurabishvili, in the 2000s led the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Georgia, won the presidency in December 2018. On elections, she acted as an independent non-partisan candidate, but the leadership of the ruling party “Georgian dream” has repeatedly recognized that support. After winning the election the politician, in particular, stated that Tbilisi is not yet ready to cooperate with Moscow.
Georgia broke off diplomatic relations with Russia in 2008, in response to Moscow’s recognition of independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
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