The Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Garibashvili, stated at the discussion held at the Global Security Forum that “one of the reasons” for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was the latter’s intention to join NATO.
The mentioned question was asked by the moderator of the ongoing discussion in Bratislava to Prime Minister Garibashvili and asked him, in his opinion, why Russia started the war in Ukraine, to which Garibashvili replied – “I think everyone knows the reason”:
“One of the reasons was NATO, the expansion of NATO – isn’t that right?” and many other reasons”, said Irakli Garibashvili.
To the additional question of the moderator, whether he thought that the expansion of NATO was a provocation of war, Garibashvili said that he does not want to speculate on this, and he does not want to quote the Russian government, but, according to him, “one of the reasons” for the start of the war was this:
“I don’t want to speculate on this, nor do I want to quote the Russian government, but one of the reasons was Ukraine’s will and intention to become a member of NATO, and that’s why we see the results,” says Irakli Garibashvili.