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.
A day before the opening of the NATO Summit in Wales, the President of Georgia will meet the NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in London. Earlier, the meeting with the leadership of the EBRD is also on the agenda.
The parliament of Georgia plans to discuss a draft resolution on the situation in Ukraine. The text of the resolution is ready and as the majority MPs say, the Russian aggression is mentioned in it. Reportedly, the draft resolution will be published later today.
A 27 year-old Lasha Makharadze was killed last night. The murder occurred on Abashidze Street. People say they heard the sound of shooting from a gun fire, after which they saw a black jeep driving very fast from the place of the incident.
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Russia plans to alter its military strategy - deputy secretary of Russia Security Council Mikheil Popov has said. Popov defined that the developments in Ukraine and NATO`s presence in Eastern Europe, as well as its anti-missile defence plan makes Russia change the military doctrine and make it more precise.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has slammed the NATO Secretary General for his statements made on Ukraine`s crisis. Lavrov says that the statements made by Rasmussen on Ukraine`s crisis mostly exceed his competence.