Georgian President Zurabishvili Highlights Importance of Black Sea Security and Calls for EU Enlargement at Munich Security Conference



In an interview at the Munich Security Conference, Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili discussed the importance of Georgia and the Black Sea region to European security and the necessity for NATO and EU solidarity with Ukraine. Zurabishvili emphasized the historical context of Russian invasions in Georgia and the lessons that should have been learned by Europe, highlighting the strategic significance of the Black Sea for both Georgia and Europe. She also addressed the challenges posed by Russian aggression, the need for European support for Ukraine, and Georgia’s aspirations for EU enlargement despite internal political battles and external interference, particularly from Russia.

  • Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili attended the Munich Security Conference to discuss Georgia’s strategic importance and the security of the Black Sea region.
  • Zurabishvili emphasized the need for NATO and EU solidarity with Ukraine, drawing parallels with Georgia’s experiences of Russian invasions.
  • The security of the Black Sea was highlighted as vital for both Georgia’s connection to Europe and the broader European security landscape.
  • Recent European decisions to support Ukraine financially were praised, with further support anticipated from the American Congress.
  • Concerns were raised about the potential delays in aid to Ukraine due to political uncertainties in the US, and the impact of these delays on the conflict with Russia.
  • Zurabishvili called for EU enlargement, highlighting it as crucial for Georgia’s future, despite internal political challenges and criticism from Georgian officials.
  • The Georgian public’s consistent support for European integration was noted, despite Russia’s attempts to interfere through propaganda and political means.
  • Discussion of security in the Black Sea region included the importance of collaboration among countries facing threats from Russian aggression.
  • Zurabishvili expressed solidarity with Ukraine and discussed the shared challenges and support between the two nations.
  • The interview concluded with Zurabishvili’s hope for the future: Russia respecting international borders and Georgia becoming a member of the European Union.

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