On August 8, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, Speaker of Parliament Shalva Papuashvili and members of the government visited the Mukhatgverdi brothers cemetery in Tbilisi to honor the memory of fallen soldiers and lay a wreath at the memorial at the occasion of the 14th anniversary of the Russo-Georgian war. August 2008 war.
After the ceremony, Prime Minister Garibashvili spoke to reporters and noted that during the war “our army showed us truly exemplary heroism, dedication, dedication. [and] abnegation. »
“They defended our homeland honourably, sacrificed for our homeland and saved many of our people,” the prime minister said, adding that during the August war the country lost many citizens and heroes.
Asked by a reporter why the government is marking August 8 and not August 7 as the day the war started, the Prime Minister replied “the date of August 8 has never been discussed… the representatives of the former government always came here. [to the Mukhatgverdi Brothers’ Cemetery] August 8.
“Usually it’s embarrassing that family members of our hero soldiers hang out here and we talk about dates,” he told the reporter and added that it was “the insane policy of the ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili, his uncalculated steps, [which] led to the fact that they could not avoid this tragic war.
“It was a betrayal by Saakashvili and his team. They sacrificed our country and sacrificed our people, as well as our army,” Prime Minister Garibashvili stressed.
In response to a question about part of the public demanding that the visa requirement be applied to Russian citizens, the Prime Minister said that after the failure of the plan to open a second front in the country, “these traitors” who “could not and did not avoid the 2008 war” now want to harm Georgian citizens.
“When they want to disrupt tourism, who does that? We will do our best so that there is peace in the country, stability and the development of our economy. This is my main task,” he said.
Remarks by the Speaker of Parliament
Speaking to reporters at the memorial, President Papuashvili stressed that the 14 years that have passed since the war “are the years when our state, the families of the dead, thought every day of the sacrifices made by our soldiers and civilians during this war”.
“During these years, we have seen the growing nature of Russian aggression,” the president noted and added that the world has seen the consequences of the inappropriate international response to Russian aggression in Georgia in developments in Crimea in 2014, and again in 2022 with the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The President stressed that these events are part of the same aggression and that “it is important that from this point of view and from this point of view, we know how much risk there is with regard to Georgia in terms of of Russian aggression and that our State should act in full knowledge of these risks.
He also stressed the importance of Georgia’s NATO membership in the context of security and said that “Georgia is doing everything to show that it is ready to join NATO”.
“I think that today there is a consensus that Georgia is ready to be a NATO member, only a political decision is needed from NATO members,” the president concluded. Papuashvili.
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