Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili cannot understand such "provocative steps" from Russia and calls on the population to exercise patience. Ivanishvili was speaking at a briefing held after his meeting with the EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Štefan Füle, on 11 July. He was commenting on the installation of barbed wire fence along the occupation line with the Tskhinvali region and the seizure of yet another citizen of Georgia on the Georgian controlled territory by Russian military on 10 July.
"Of course, it is worrying that the processes continue even though we made a sharp reaction upon the very first instance [of installation of barbed wire fence]. Europe, the United States, the entire developed world view this in this way: this is unacceptable. I call on you once again to exercise patience... We notified every structure we could reach about our concern. We condemn this today too and it is not fully clear for me that whilst we achieved certain success in relations with Russia, it continues to take such provocative steps; this does not at all fit into that direction which we managed to change in recent times. At the same time, I urge you once again – do not fall into hysterics, we notified everyone and got reaction. Let's treat it with more patience and I think, eventually, we will manage to get that sorted out. We provide maximum support to the population who suffers from those events along the so-called borders," Bidzina Ivanishvili declared.