The Georgian government’s Stratcom on Sunday echoed TV Pirveli’s story over the Prime Minister’s visit to the U.S., saying it “deliberately spread false information aimed at misleading the public.”
According to the statement, Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili’s visit to the US was commercial and therefore the costs were not paid from the budget funds.
“The plane that carried the Prime Minister to Munich is on the balance sheet of the State Security Agency, a legal entity under public law of the Special State Protection Service.
This agency has full right to receive income from governmental and budgetary structures, as well as from non-governmental, commercial and private individuals. A similar commercial type of flight has been performed many times before,” reads the statement.