Kelly Degnan: It is clear that in the last 6-8 months an anti-Western campaign has been underway in Georgia, trying to undermine a strong partnership between Georgia and the United States, between Georgia and the European Union

It is clear that in the last 6-8 months an anti-Western campaign has been underway in Georgia, US Ambassador to Georgia Kelly Degnan told reporters.

“It's clear that there has been a campaign underway in Georgia for the last six to eight months, trying to undermine a strong partnership between Georgia and the West, between Georgia and the United States, between Georgia and the European Union. This is going against the clear choice of the people of Georgia, who have very clearly and repeatedly chosen to go toward Europe.

The people want a European future. People want a strong democracy and a prosperous, diverse economy that is not dependent on Russia. And Georgia has made real progress moving away from its dependence on Russia in previous years. That momentum needs to continue, there is no reason for Georgia to be dependent on Russia, for trade, for security, for anything.

Georgia has good friends, we all need good friends. And I think those who are trying to undermine that strong friendship that Georgia has with the United States, the European Union and many other countries, they need to hear from the people of Georgia that this is not acceptable. Your choice, your future is yours”, said the Ambassador.

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