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US to consider major military, trade programs with Georgia if anti-democratic drift reverses – POLITICO

It would also mandate officials to develop a military support program for Georgia including “the provision of security and defense equipment ideally suited to territorial defense against Russian aggression and concomitant elements of training, maintenance and support to operations.”

However, the program would only be activated if the United States confirmed that “Georgia has demonstrated significant and sustained progress toward reinvigorating its democracy, evidenced at a minimum by substantially fair and free elections and a balanced pre-election environment.” .

As POLITICO previously reported, Wilson’s bill would introduce individual sanctions against politicians from the ruling Georgia Dream party, as well as other government officials, if they implement his bill. foreign agents” in the Russian style. The legislation, which awaits a final vote in Parliament next week before being passed, would label Western-funded NGOs, media and campaign groups as foreign agents, which critics say would be used to silence and delegitimize criticism of the government. .

Wilson chairs the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, an independent U.S. government agency that monitors freedom and democracy across the continent. His proposed “MEGOBARI Act” (Mobilizing and Enhancing Georgia’s Options for Building Accountability, Resilience, and Independence Act) reflects the warnings of other Washington leaders.

US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs James O’Brien warned that if Georgia passes the foreign agents bill, “we will see restrictions coming from the United States” that will affect finances and the travels of those who initiated this bill. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, meanwhile, said that if the foreign agent legislation were implemented, it “would require us to fundamentally reevaluate our relationship with Georgia.”

Tens of thousands of Georgians have taken to the streets in recent weeks to protest the plan, which the EU says would end the country’s hopes of joining the bloc – just six months after it was granted candidate status. Riot police used water cannons, tear gas and batons to disperse protesters and intervened violently to arrest activists.

Georgia borders Russia; Since the 2008 war between the two countries, Moscow and its local partners have occupied around 20% of the country’s territory.

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Aimant les mots, Sara Smith a commencé à écrire dès son plus jeune âge. En tant qu'éditeur en chef de son journal scolaire, il met en valeur ses compétences en racontant des récits impactants. Smith a ensuite étudié le journalisme à l'université Columbia, où il est diplômé en tête de sa classe. Après avoir étudié au New York Times, Sara décroche un poste de journaliste de nouvelles. Depuis dix ans, il a couvert des événements majeurs tels que les élections présidentielles et les catastrophes naturelles. Il a été acclamé pour sa capacité à créer des récits captivants qui capturent l'expérience humaine.
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