Zhvania Says Russia Uses Pankisi to Mount Pressure on Georgia

(Tbilisi, February 19, Civil Georgia) – Former Parliamentary Chairman Zurab Zhvania, who visits the United States at the moment, said in the interview to the broadcasting company Rustavi 2 on February 18 that Russia uses situation in Pankisi gorge to mount pressure on Georgia.

Zurab Zhvania stated that during the meetings with the representatives of the US government and Congress situation in Pankisi was discussed.

“Our friends in the United States are concerned that the situation in Pankisi may be used against the Georgia’s interests. They believe that the Pankisi problem is not created by the Georgian side, this is the result of Russian policy in Chechnya,” Zurab Zhvania stated.

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