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Georgian Billionaire Sues Government, Launches Opposition Movement

Posted December 12th, 2011 at 8:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Georgian billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili is suing the government in Tbilisi for revoking his citizenship after authorities learned in October that he also was a French national. A court in Tbilisi held a hearing Monday in Ivanishvili’s case, but his lawyers said their motion — asking the court to replace the presiding judge — has been […]

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NATO Chief Says Georgia Needs Further Reforms Before Membership

Posted November 10th, 2011 at 5:35 am (UTC-5)
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NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says Georgia has made a lot of progress but still needs further reforms before being admitted to the alliance. He spoke Wednesday in the capital, Tblisi, after meeting with Georgian Prime Minister Nika Gilauri and other officials. Rasmussen said upcoming elections in Georgia will be a key test of its […]

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Russia Agrees Reaches Agreement With Georgia On WTO Entry

Posted November 2nd, 2011 at 4:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia has reached an agreement with Georgia on trade-related issues, paving the way for Russia’s entry into the World Trade Organization. A senior Russian trade negotiator, Maxim Medvedkov, said Tuesday in Geneva that Moscow has agreed to third-party customs checks on all trade and cargo between Russia and the breakaway provinces of Abkhazia and South […]

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Georgia Agrees to Swiss Proposal in WTO Talks With Russia

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 1:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Georgia has accepted a Swiss proposal aimed at resolving a trade dispute with Russia that could clear the way for Moscow to join the World Trade Organization. The Georgian government said Thursday that the proposal provides guarantees of international supervision of all trade and cargo between Russia and the breakaway provinces of Abkhazia and South […]

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Georgia Offers Russia Conditions for WTO Approval

Posted October 26th, 2011 at 6:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Georgia says it has offered Russia new conditions for approving Moscow’s bid to join the World Trade Organization. Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergi Kapanadze said Wednesday that Tbilisi has proposed international monitoring of trade in Georgia’s two breakaway regions, Abkhasia and South Ossetia. Kapanadze is the head of a Georgian delegation meeting with Russian counterparts […]

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Georgia Continues to Block Russian Membership in WTO

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The latest round of talks between Russia and Georgia, which could have cleared the way for Russia to join the World Trade Organization, has broken down. After taking part in the negotiations Thursday, Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergi Kapanadze said the two sides had failed to reach an agreement, but would meet again next week. […]

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US Warship to Take Part in Joint Naval Drills With Georgia

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 3:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S. warship has arrived in Georgia’s Black Sea port of Batumi to take part in joint naval drills with the Georgian Coast Guard. The guided-missile cruiser, the USS Philippine Sea, arrived in Georgia on Monday. The ship’s captain, Herbert Hadley, says the crew will interact with the host nation on a personal level through […]

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Amnesty International Urges Georgia to Stop ‘Forced Evictions’ of Refugees

Posted August 5th, 2011 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Human rights group Amnesty International has urged Georgia to stop “forced evictions” of internally displaced people and provide them with adequate housing. The evictions, which started last year, are part of a controversial government program to relocate thousands of refugees from temporary shelters in the capital, Tbilisi, to new homes in the provinces. The program […]

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Three Georgians Found Guilty of Spying Get Suspended Sentences

Posted July 22nd, 2011 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Three Georgian photographers were found guilty of spying for Russia Friday, but were released with suspended sentences after a 45-minute trial in Tbilisi. The photographers included one of Georgia President Mikheil Saakashvili’s personal photographers, Irakli Gedenidze, and Foreign Ministry photographer Giorgi Abdaladze and Zurab Kurtsikidze of the European Pressphoto Agency. The three men were arrested […]

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Russia Says ‘Anti-Russian Hysteria” Sparks Georgian Spy Arrests

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia says “anti-Russian hysteria” is on the rise in Georgia, sparking last week’s arrests of three photographers Georgia accused of spying for Moscow. The Russian foreign ministry said Tuesday that Georgia is trying to convince the international community and its own population that it is “flooded with Russian spies.” Foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich voiced […]

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