Irakli Kobakhidze, chair of the ruling Georgian Dream (GD) party, regarded David Lee’s comments as “scandalous but not surprising,” pointing out that MEP Andrius Kubilius and former US Ambassador to Georgia Carl Hartzell “had done much worse things.”
“Pressuring business was the handwriting of the United National Movement and its sympathizers,” Kobakhidze remarked.
The former CEO and co-founder of Georgia’s European Business Association stated he resigned due to pressure.
“Andrius Kubilius wrote a letter telling the former EU Ambassador not to work with the European Business Association in Georgia because of my political statements,” David Lee stated. “Ambassador Carl Hartzell invited me to his office in April and told me that if I remained Executive Director, he would no longer work with us. I resigned. This pressure is wrong.”