I think an important question is why Putin is making these concessions and offers to Georgia now. What is the price that Georgia is going to have to pay? – US Ambassador to Georgia Kelly Degnan stated on Thursday.
“20% of Georgia’s territory is occupied by Russia, eight Georgian citizens are detained by Russian-backed forces in South Ossetia. Georgia continues to be put under pressure by Russia and should be very careful about welcoming what looks to be attempts by Russia to normalize relations with Georgia.
“I think an important question is why now? Why is Putin making these concessions and offers to Georgia now? What is the price that Georgia is going to have to pay for direct flights, for his lifting the visa regime, and potentially for restoring a railway that would connect Georgia to Russia through Abkhazia. These are very important questions, because we all know Putin does not give anything without extracting a price,” the Ambassador said.
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