Zelensky in Brussels had another unexpected meeting

Зеленский в Брюсселе провел еще одну неожиданную встречу

In addition to scheduled meetings in Brussels, the Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky had another, quite unexpected. In the lobby, where he settled, the guarantor has communicated with the Prime Minister of Georgia Mamuka Bakhtadze.

About the talks with the head of the Georgian government Zelensky said in comments to Georgian reporters. Both policies are settled at the same hotel.

Mamuka Bakhtadze is a very nice person, we exchanged phone numbers. We talked about our relationship, that is, Georgia and Ukraine,

– the words of the Ukrainian President the edition “Georgia Online”.

As for the future visit to Georgia, Zelensky, this does not preclude, however, the specific guarantees he gave.

“I will soon visit Georgia? Why not. Georgia is a very nice country. I was in Georgia once,” said Zelensky.

Information about the meeting Zelensky and Bakhtadze has confirmed press-Secretary of the Ukrainian President Julia Mendel. According to her, the Ukrainian side was a pleasant surprisethat the Prime Minister of Georgia stayed with them in the same hotel.

“As you know, during official visits of the state leaders have a very tight schedule. Accordingly, it is very difficult to paste any new appointment in the schedule. I’m sure if the President and the Prime Minister knew about this possibility, they had pre-planned a meeting,” said Mendel.

According to a third Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, who Zelensky recently returned to Ukrainian citizenship, the meeting of Ukrainian and Georgian officials was not accidental. He argues that the Prime Minister of Georgia sent to the President of Ukraine Pro-Russian oligarch Ivanishvili. Saakashvili also called Bakhtadze “six” of the latter.

Bakhtadze visit to Brussels occurred at the trumped-pretext. As explained by Georgians, supposedly to celebrate the US independence Day which is actually celebrated on 4 July. In the lobby he had schemed Zelensky, because Ivanishvili first lobbied I was not allowed to Ukraine, and now requests that I God forbid did not appoint,

– Saakashvili said.

What is known about Ivanishvili?

This is a Georgian politician and businessman. Is the leader of the party “Georgian dream – Democratic Georgia”, which won the parliamentary elections in Georgia in 2012. From 25 October 2012 to 20 November 2013 headed the Cabinet of the country. In the elections of the President of Georgia in 2013 and 2018 supported Giorgi Margvelashvili and Salome Zurabishvili – both the results of the vote won.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ivanishvili lived a long time in Moscow and obtained Russian citizenship. In 2011, Ivanishvili refused Russian passports, and a year later was Georgian.

It is known that at first he supported politicians who came to power in Georgia after the rose Revolution in 2004, but then moved them to the opposition, including Saakashvili. According to experts, noted Pro-Russian views. For example, he initiated the closure of Russian TV channel PIK, created at the initiative of Saakashvili, to counter the Russian propaganda. Also played for Georgia’s participation at the winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, although the then Georgian authorities declared a boycott of the competition. The assurances Ivanishvili, Georgia as a neighbor of Russia, had to make the 2014 Olympics was peaceful and no unpleasant adventure.

Vladimir Zelensky arrived in Brussels on an official visit. This is his first foreign trip to the status of the Ukrainian President. Must be the guarantor in the Belgian capital for two days. During this time, he is expected to meet with high representatives of the European Union, the European Commission and NATO. In particular, June 5, the Ukrainian leader will hold talks with the representative of the Union for foreign Affairs and security policy Federica Mogherini with President of the European Council Donald Tusk.


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