Interior Minister: Arrests will not impede Georgia-NATO relations


“We must detain whoever is to be detained and in that process we take into account every factor, including the cooperation with NATO. Talks that the arrests will impede Georgia-NATO relations are part of propaganda,” Interior Minister Irakli Garibashvili told journalists on 8 November after a meeting of the state commission on coordination of Georgia’s integration into NATO.

The Interior Minister does not think that the detention of former high officials will impede the relations of Georgia with NATO.

Former Interior Minister Bacho Akhalaia, Chief of Joint Staff of Georgian Armed Forces, Brigadier-General Giorgi Kalandadze and Commander of the Fourth Brigade Zurab Shamatava were arrested on charges of exceeding official powers early morning on 7 November.


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