Tbilisi, Georgia, April 27
By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:
The summit devoted to the fifth anniversary of the Eastern Partnership program was held in Prague. Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili met with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andrei Deshchytsa.
The main topic of conversation was the events in Ukraine, the situation and factors of Russia's influence. The presidential elections scheduled for May in Ukraine were also discussed. The sides discussed the close cooperation between the two countries.
"Ukraine's issues were the leitmotif of the meetings when we celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Eastern Partnership program," he said. "All leaders were talking about the measures that can be done in connection with Ukraine. This will be presidential elections a month later. I want to emphasize that it is very important for these elections to be conducted efficiently, democratically throughout the country and all people to take part in them. We agreed that we will continue to work hard for these elections to be recognized by the whole world."
Ukrainian Foreign Minister thanked the Georgian president for supporting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and stressed that Georgia uses all international podiums to express this support.
"We are extremely worried by the placement of Russian troops near the eastern borders of Ukraine and those unexpected exercises launched by Russia," the minister added. "We think that this is an external threat, which could further aggravate the situation in our country. We started an anti-terrorist operation in the eastern regions to prevent the extremist groups supported by Russia and causing fear among the population. Of course, the goal of the operation is to restore order."
Translated by NH