IRI, NDI to send observers to Georgia for parliamentary elections
United States government has allocated two million US dollars to sponsor the presence of international observers at the parliamentary elections in Georgia this fall. The representatives of the International Republican Institute [IRI] and National-Democratic Institute [NDI] will arrive in Georgia on July 18th, 2012 - ambassador of the United States to Georgia John Bass announced today. The observers will monitor not only the process of vote, but the pre-election campaigns as well. International observers will be sent to all regions of Georgia. Ambassador also voiced a new initiative of the U.S. government, which is going to facilitate involvement of women candidates in election process.
Russian deputy foreign minister Gregory Karasin has commented on the decision taken by the Russia`s Federation Council and said that deployment of Russia`s armed forces to Ukraine should wake up not only Maidan`s government, but also others.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev posted on facebook regarding the situation in Ukraine, namely, in Crimea, where Russian troops have seized all strategic military objects. The fact has been already occupied by the Ukraine`s acting authorities as occupation;
David Cameron and Barack Obama have agreed Russia must face "significant costs" if it does not change course after deploying troops in Ukraine - British Prime Minister and the U.S. president spoke about the Russian invasion of Ukraine`s Crimea by phone on Sunday and assessed the situation as unacceptable.
Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze and the acting Foreign Minister of Ukraine Andriy Deschytsya had a telephone conversation regarding the current developments in the country following the change of the government.
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President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili has held meeting with the Patriarch of All Armenians Karekin II within the official visit to the Republic of Armenia. The catholicos and the president discussed the religious-cultural relationship of the centuries-old history of Georgian and Armenian peoples.
Police have arrested a man for illegal purchase and keeping of firearms. During searching activities, from the detainee’s house law enforcers seized “browning” pistol, 5 bullets carabine and 3 F-1 type hand grenades.