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Tuesday, September 1
Russia sees NATO’s new training facility in Georgia as a provocation

Russia sees the opening of NATO’s new training facility in Georgia as a ‘continuation of the provocative policy of the alliance aimed at expanding its geopolitical influence.’

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursdayopened the new training center, which will be a joint project between Georgia and the alliance.

In their speeches, the secretary general and the Georgian prime minister emphasized that the facility is not a threat against any particular state.

Maria Zakharova, spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry of Russia, said at a briefing Friday that the placement of a NATO military facility in Georgia is a ‘seriously destabilizing factor’ for the security in the region.

“This conclusion is based on the present tragic circumstances,” she said.

“After all, there is no doubt that it is the proclamation of the prospects for Georgia’s accession to NATO at the alliance’s summit in Bucharest in April 2008. It instilled Tbilisi leadership an illusion of permissiveness and pushed it to a criminal attempt to conquer South Ossetia by military force.”

Russia continues to fulfil its international obligations to ‘ensure the security’ of its allies, the Republic of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, she continued.
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Denmark, Netherlands photo exhibitions commemorate 7th anniversary of Russia-Georgia war

Seven years have passed since Russia and Georgia clashed in a short but violent war but those who lost their lives in the fighting are not forgotten.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia (MFA) is continuing to remind the international community about the 2008 conflict and the ongoing effects the war has on the small post-Soviet nation

In this respect, Georgian Embassies in Denmark and the Netherlands held photo exhibitions about the conflict and informed locals about the situation that led to Russia’s violation of Georgia’s territorial integrity and now occupation of 20 percent of Georgia’s territory.

Copenhagen, the capital city of Denmark, and the seat of government in the Netherlands, The Hague hosted the exhibitions, dedicated to the 7th anniversary of the conflict.

At the exhibitions Georgia’s Ambassadors to Denmark and the Netherlands, Nikiloz Rtveliashvili and Konstantine Surguladze respectively, spoke about the conflict as well as about the more recent violations by Russia at the so-called Administrative Boundary Line (ABL), which included illegal installation of new signposts and barbed wire fences on Georgian territory.

Diplomats in both of the countries, representatives of Georgian diaspora, local public figures and journalists attended the events.

The Ambassadors also presented video presentations of the current situation at the occupation line in Georgia, informing the guests of the current situation at the ground. They also spoke about the ongoing threats of creeping occupation on Georgian land.

Parliament Speaker to pay working visit to New York

Parliament Speaker Davit Usupashvili will pay a working visit to New York from August 31 to September 2.

According to the Parliament’s press office, the Speaker will take part in the 4th World Conference of Parliament Speakers at the UN headquarters, which will be organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

About 140 parliamentary leaders will take part in the forum. The subjects of the event will be peace, democracy and development. The conference will be opened by the President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the UN Secretary General and the UN General Assembly President.

Parliament Speaker Davit Usupashvili will deliver a speech on September 1, at the third plenary session.

During the visit Usupashvili will meet with the President of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly and the President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, as well as Parliament Speakers of European, African, Asian and Pacific Rim countries.

Sunny weather forecast until September 5

Sunny weather is in the forecast in Georgia till September 5, as Dodo Gvazava, head of the National Environment Agency’s short term forecast department has told InterPressNews.

Sunny weathers will continue till September 5, at least. On September 2 temperatures will start to increase, hitting 33 degrees and above in western and 30-31 degrees in eastern Georgia.

On August 31, Tbilisi and several Georgian regions may experience brief showers overnight or in the evening.