Prime Minister and the members of the Cabinet are in Guria Region meeting local population. Vano Merabishvili met with local farmers in Ozurgeti town and introduced the government`s four-year program, functions of the State Fruit and Vegetable Export Company and other plans aiming at supporting agriculture development. Prime Minister said the new state company will be in charge of purchasing redundant harvest from farmers and provide further export to Ukraine; it is also intended to carry out re-export of the product from Ukraine to other European countries. Vano Merabishvili said the main challenge of Georgian farmers has been so far the problem of instability on markets; now the government pledges to become the guarantor of the realization of the harvest in Georgia`s regions.
Russian helicopters have violated Georgian airspace - several helicopters flew over the Georgian controlled territory from the occupied Tskhinvali Region yesterday and from the occupied Abkhazia today.
President of Georgia paid tribute to the memory of Georgian national hero, Zhiuli Shartava on his 70th anniversary. Giorgi Margvelashvili announced at the memorial today that by commemorating Zhiuli Shartava, he was also paying tribute to all, who fell in the tragedy of Abkhazia.
Today the first National Hero of independent Georgia – Zhiuli Shartava would become 70 years old. Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili together with Defence Minister Irakli Alasania, other members of Georgian Government and MPs paid a tribute to the memory of Zhiuli Shartava at Saburtalo Pantheon.
Two tourists were killed, two others are missing and only one of the crew survived in an avalanche in Ushguli. The survived tourist contacted the rescue service for help in Ushguli. Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia has already confirmed the report about the death of tourists.
Interpol is considering the request of the Ukraine`s government to issue an arrest warrant for ousted president Viktor Yanukovych. The international organization has received an official letter from the Ukraine`s government and will publish the order warrant on its website soon.