Georgian Parliament Speaker Shalva Papuashvili stated on Monday that “there are politicians in the European Parliament who have their own interests, and it’s a shame that they put their own narrow interests above another country’s European future.”
The Speaker’s remark follows the recent amendments to the Annual Implementation Report on the EU Association Agreement with Georgia, saying that “former President Mikheil Saakashvili, whose health has steadily deteriorated, is still missing competent treatment, which generates worries for his life.”
In the report, MEP Jacek Saryusz-Wolski calls on the Commission to “adopt the release of the former president as a precondition for granting the Candidate Status; calls on the Georgian authorities to release Mikhail Saakashvili from prison on humanitarian grounds in order to allow him to undergo proper medical treatment abroad.”
As Papuashvili pointed out, “This is not the first time it has happened. We see that it’s the same people with unfriendly attitudes towards Georgia.”
“The European Commission will assess Georgia’s progress on the 12 priorities, not the European Parliament,” the Speaker stressed.