25 Jan 2023 17:38

Ukrainian charge d'affaires a.i. summoned to Georgian Foreign Ministry to give explanations

TBILISI. Jan 25 (Interfax) - Ukrainian Charge d'Affaires ad interim Andrei Kasyanov has been summoned to the Georgian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday to provide explanations about the statements he made several days ago about the possible urgent evacuation of Ukrainian citizens from Georgia.

According to Georgian media outlets, Kasyanov said that the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry was considering such possibility in light of a drastic increase of the number of Russian citizens arriving to Georgia and a potential growth of this flow in case of the resumption of flights between Russia and Georgia, as it could be dangerous for Ukrainians staying in the country.

Georgian politicians began commenting on Kasyanov's statements circulating in media outlets, saying that they are inappropriate for a diplomat.

Irakli Kobakhidze, chairman of the Georgian Dream ruling party, told journalists on Tuesday that Kasyanov's words were "shameful."

Meanwhile, Kasyanov told Georgian journalists on Wednesday that the statements circulating in Tbilisi are not true and were "taken out of context."