Levan Khabeishvili: I don't want to think that behind such irresponsible statements is the pursuit of the interests of the Russian party by specific oppositionists

I don't want to think that behind such irresponsible statements is the pursuit of the interests of the Russian party by specific oppositionists - please come out and clarify your position or don't be surprised if people accuse you of making a deal with the Dream, Chairman of the National Movement Levan Khabeishvili said while evaluating the statement of the Chairwoman of the Republican Party, Khatuna Samnidze, who said that there are people in the opposition ranks who are talking behind closed doors with European partners about the fact that Georgia's EU membership candidate status should be postponed and Georgia's status should be granted after the 2024 elections.

In addition, Khabeishvili cited the comment of the Ambassador of the European Union, where he says that he met with representatives of all political parties and "there was no one among them arguing in favor of not granting Georgia candidate status".

"During the last 8 months, I have met the EU ambassador in Georgia 3 times. Every time, at the meeting, the United Natio­nal Movement was, is and will be the main lobbyist for the candidate status. Mr. Ambassador confirms the same in his statements.

The main organizer of sabotage of the candidate status is "Russian Dream", Kobakhidze, Gharibashvili and their master - Borenka.

I call on everyone to be responsible for their statements and assessments, and do not feed Ivanishvili's and the Russian party's propaganda and lie machine. You owe more responsibility, insight and caution. Don't be a lifeline for Putinist regime propaganda.

I do not want to think, allow or believe that behind such irresponsible statements is the pursuit of the interests of the Russian party by specific oppositionists. Please come out and clarify your position or don't be surprised if people accuse you of making a deal with the Dre­am and playing their game,'' Khabeishvili said.

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