"No one should think that we are returning to Europe empty-handed, we have always made our important contribution to European civilization, ” Bidzina Ivanishvili, the chairman of the Georgian Dream - Democratic Georgia party, said during his speech in Freedom Square on Saturday.
He said Georgia is a European culture.
"However, a state that is as different from the homeland as a pitcher from wine - has not always been of European type. Now it’s time to put Georgian, European wine - European culture, into the state of a European type.
Georgia should not simply return to Europe formally, but should have its own dazzling place in the constellation of Europe.
I believe in it strongly!
I believe, because I see that the Georgian people, the Georgian state and the Church of Georgia - are united and firm in this choice!
I believe because I know and see what European civilization is based on.
Democracy, the rule of law, equality and tolerance - are the values that Europe is based on and is so deeply embedded in the Georgian spirit. It is this nature, these values that make Georgia a natural part of Europe, "Ivanishvili said.