Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili made an address on Independence Day. In it she criticized the government for its policy regarding the Russian citizens coming to the country.
Zurabishvili said that independence means protection of citizens by the state, and the foundations of statehood imply that the country is governed by rules and laws that apply to everyone.
“It is unclear why no measures have been taken and rules developed for the mass arrivals from Russia and their activities, especially in areas such as health care and education”, – the Georgian president said.
Zurabishvili noted Georgia’s centuries-old traditions of hospitality and tolerance, but recalled that Russian authorities have attacked neighboring countries under the pretext of protecting the Russian-speaking population.
She also reiterated her opposition to resuming direct flights with Moscow. “It is incomprehensible and offensive when we calculate today how many millions the “gift of flights” will bring us. Is our dignity being sold for 200 or 300 million!” – Zurabishvili stated.