IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Georgia: National Platform expresses concern with the constant political and economic pressure exercised by Russian Federation towards EaP countries
The National Platform of Georgia announces its ‘concern with the constant political and economic pressure exercised by Russian Federation towards Eastern Partnership countries’. It became ‘vivid with sudden decision by Serj Sargasyan, President of the Republic of Armenia, to join the Russian sponsored Customs Union, as well as ongoing statements that Eurasian Economic Union project and DCFTA negotiated with EaP countries is compatible with each other’, says a statement from the Platform with the signatures from 55 organisations. The increased pressure of Russian Federation military in South Ossetia, through constructing insurmountable barriers dividing families and private and communal properties, impeding freedom of movement has been intensified since May 2013, is one of the most vivid examples of Russia’s pressure on Georgia, the statement continues.
In line with Commissioner Füle statement it stresses that “any threats from Russia linked to the possible signing of agreements with the European Union are unacceptable” and Russia should respect sovereign decisions of EaP countries.