18 February 2020,   19:17
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The term "occupation" is damaging, diplomatic relations with the Kremlin are necessary- criticism of statement made by Zourabichvili" two years ago

Presidential candidate Salome Zourabichvili is against the term "occupation" - this statement was made by the presidential candidate of the Georgian Dream in the interview to the Public Broadcaster in 2016 and became one of the main topics for the Russian media.

Zourabichvili asserts that negotiations with Russia are hndered by giving to it the occupant status.

How to restore diplomatic relations between the two countries when Russia continues to occupy Georgian territories every day, it is unclear for Andrei Ilaronov. A persecuted expert from Russia says that similar rhetoric is only in Russia"s interest.

Georgian experts believe that Georgia`s interests are damaged by talks about restoring diplomatic relations between Georgia and Russia. In this case political scientists reminded Zurabishvili that official Moscow will have three embassies on the territory of Georgia, two of them are already working in the occupied territories.

Representatives of opposition parties say that tpromoting Russia`s narrative is a daily agenda of the "Dream`s" candidate.

The ruling team does not talk about the awkward statements made by Salome Zourabichvili.

Does Salome Zourabichvili think that the term "occupation" creates a problem? The presidential candidate did not make any explanations on the interview given two years ago.

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