I would like to respond to an insidious narrative that seems to continue. It seems straight out of an FSB disinformation book, but let me be very clear. The United States is not trying to drag Georgia into Russia’s war against Ukraine. The United States does not want to see this war expand in any way, US Ambassador to Georgia Kelly Degnan said on Thursday, allegedly referring to recent comments by three former MPs of the ruling Georgian Dream (GD) party.
Three lawmakers who left the GD on June 28, Sozar Subari, Dimitri Khundadze and Mikheil Kavelashvili, who suggested their goal was to “tell the public the truth,” said in a joint statement on Wednesday that "there are great forces that want to see destabilization in Georgia.”
Earlier, on June 14, Subari said that the statements of former or current Western officials could make the population feel that the US wanted to draw Georgia into the war. The MP also named several of them and said that while they were not current US politicians, they could form a public opinion.
“The United States is doing everything we can to stop this war as soon as possible. It was Putin who launched this aggressive and brutal war against Ukraine, and it is Putin who can stop this war,” Degnan stated.
She said that it was the United States, Europe, “the friends of Georgia”, who over the past 30 years, had done “everything we can to help Georgia” along its path to Euro-Atlantic integration.
“ We will continue to do that. I think it’s really important for Georgians to remember that it is Russia that occupies 20% of your territory. It is Russia that tried to kill your language. It’s Russia that desecrated your churches by using them as stables for animals. If there’s any question about what Russia’s friendship for Georgia means, all you have to do is look at the Administrative Boundary Line to see your friends are in the United States and in Europe. And that is the path to peace, stability, and prosperity for Georgia,” Degnan said.
The opposition stated that the three MPs were voicing the founder of the ruling party, “oligarch” Bidzina Ivanishvili and were expected to make “radical, anti-Western statements.”