Georgia to review relations with U.S. amid revolution attempt

Maria Novoselova / Vestnik Kavkaza

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Kobakhidze called on for a review of relations with the United States after Washington ordered punitive measures over the passage of the foreign agents law.

"Georgian-American relations must truly be reviewed. We'll discuss this with the ambassador," Kobakhidze said.

The PM said relations with Washington had suffered under the previous U.S. ambassador over the diplomat's call for rapid and sharp changes in policy.

Kobakhidze recalled there were three attempts at revolution. 

“This includes American-funded NGOs that stood on the revolutionary stage, calling for the resignation of the government, and the formation of a government with their participation," Kobakhidze said.

The PM stressed Georgia will do everything it can to improve relations with the U.S., as this is in the interests of both countries.

Georgia's parliament passed the law requiring organisations receiving more than 20% of their funding from overseas to register as agents of foreign influence. According to Kobakhidze's government, the bill will promote transparency and safeguard sovereignty.

Earlier, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken imposed visa restrictions and launched a review of bilateral cooperation. He said the law would "stifle the exercise of freedoms of association and expression" and impede the work of independent media organizations. 

According to the U.S., the foreign agents law undermines democracy in Georgia.

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