22 June 2024,   19:45
Information in the article of Financial Times doesn’t accurately reflect position of the Netherlands - Embassy of Netherlands in Georgia

“Information in the article published by Financial Times does not accurately reflect position of the Netherlands nor statements made by Dutch representatives within the EU”, - reads the statement of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Georgia.

The Financial Times published an article under the title “EU countries push for sanctions on Georgia over ‘Russian law’”.

“Several EU countries are pushing for sanctions against Georgia, including the suspension of visa-free travel to the bloc, in response to the government’s defiant stance on its Russian-inspired “foreign agents” law.

Georgia, an EU candidate country, has defied warnings from Brussels and months-long street protests, pressing ahead with the controversial law, which is similar to one already in place in Russia that obliges media and rights groups that receive foreign funding to register with the government.

Estonia, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Sweden are among the countries pushing to discuss restrictive measures at a meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers next week, according to people briefed on the discussions. Options include revoking visa-free travel to the EU for Georgian nationals, targeted sanctions and the freezing of EU funds, two of the people said.

European capitals are considering “different measures of pressure on the Georgian government”, according to officials familiar with the matter”, - reads the article of The Financial Times.