At a rally in front of the Ukrainian embassy in Tbilisi, Georgian opposition politicians expressed dissatisfaction with the current Georgian government for not making official statements regarding the confrontation between Russia and the West over Ukraine. At the same time, they deemed it necessary to express pledged support for Ukraine, believing that the country was facing a real threat of war.
The leader of the Droa Party, Helen Khoshtariya, points out that Russia showed aggression at the meeting with NATO and Blinken.
"This is a direct statement by Russia that it should be in control of part of Europe, including Georgia, Ukraine and other countries. Practically, this is a process of redistributing the world. Therefore, Georgia should be very active now. But the Georgian government is not doing anything purposefully. We, including the opposition and the public, must strive to strengthen ties with Ukraine, Eastern European countries and the West," says Eleni Khoshtaria.
Zurab Dzhaparidze, leader of the party Girchi - More Freedom believes that talks between NATO and Russia and Blinken's meeting with Lavrov cannot be considered negotiations. In his opinion, instead of negotiations, Russia is trying to return to the Soviet times, when countries were divided according to their level of influence and small countries could not choose their future. And no one today can say what Russia intends to do.
"From what. one can hear and read, one can conclude that the West is ready to fight back, impose sanctions, and re-establish international order in the event of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. But, in my opinion, Russia has outsmarted the whole world, because now we are not talking about it returning Crimea, withdrawing wax from Donbas, from Abkhazia or the Tskhinvali region, but about avoiding a new aggression, This is a problem," said Zurab Japaridze.
Zurab Dzhaparidze called the position of the current Georgian government shameful.
"Of course, it is shameful, because it is impossible to keep silent for so long. Ukraine is our ally, so we can't keep silent, we have to stand beside it to protect it from aggression. No one will forget this," Zurab Dzhaparidze noted.
Batu Kutelia, former chief of foreign intelligence service of Georgia, member of Droa party considers that the Western world, led by America, makes weighty steps in order for the world to have a chance to deter Putin from possible aggression, which he has already started, including the aggression against Georgia in 2008.
"When in parallel with the diplomatic steps, there is weighty military aid to Ukraine from America and NATO allies, it is a good demonstration of how diplomacy should work.
"In addition to negotiations and words, you need concrete action. This kind of unanimity, solidarity in the political approach is what will stop Putin. Or, in case he does dare to go for military aggression, this approach is what can defeat Putin," Batuu Kutelia said.
According to Kutelia, there are signs that indicate Russian aggression against Ukraine is being prepared, including a build-up of troops, but there are countermeasures that need to be taken.
"Before the outbreak of hostilities, there are always factors that will either hasten the outbreak of war or, conversely, make it impossible. This is a policy of containment, exactly what the West is doing. And another important point is the readiness for a military response. The potential of the West and NATO allies is incomparably greater than that of Russia. Ukraine is ready to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity. All together this reduces the risk of outbreak of war", - said Batu Kutelia at the meeting in front of the Ukrainian embassy.
Grigol Gegelia, a representative of the Lelo party, said his party viewed the results of NATO meetings with Russia from a critical point of view.
"This applies not only to Ukraine, but to the whole region, where we have constant conflicts. We have to set aside the principles of sovereignty and self-determination. We are very well aware that this is not a question of one individual country, but of all the independent countries of the post-Soviet space. Georgia and all other countries of Eastern Europe and the West are concerned about the danger of the Russian attack", Grigol Gegelia said.
In order to protect Georgia, Gegelia called on the authorities to be more active.
"We are talking about the sovereignty of Georgia, so Georgian authorities must be very, very active," summed up Grigol Gegelia.
"We hope there won't be a big war. because russia doesn't have the economic capacity to win or wage a long-term war. But if this happens, it will be bad for both Ukraine and Georgia. We tried to stop Russia at one time but it did not succeed, so now all countries, the whole society has to show solidarity and firmness in the issue of Ukraine," said Lasha Chkhartishvili, head of Human Rights Council of the Labor Party of Georgia.
Chkhartishvili responded that Putin needs the war for propaganda purposes.
"His rating is falling because he is robbing not only his neighbors but first of all his own people, so he resorts to aggressive actions to boost his popularity. But nevertheless, one can only hope that there won't be a big war in Ukraine," Lasha Chkhartishvili added.