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The President of Georgia is trying to abort the law and calls on Macron to save her country from Russia

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Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili used her veto power against a controversial law related to “foreign influence” that sparked internal protests, and called on her French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, to come to Tbilisi to save her country from Russian influence.

“Today, I veto the law, which is Russian in essence and contradicts our constitution,” Zurabishvili said in a televised speech broadcast yesterday, Saturday.

The President indicated that the law may constitute an obstacle to her country’s accession to the European Union.

Zurabishvili explained that the presidential veto “will not change anything.” However, it is very important. “In a way, I represent the voice of this community that says no to this law.”

She stressed that her country is not seeking to enter into a confrontation with Moscow, and continued, “But this is a very important matter for the future of Europe.” “It is about the Black Sea, the energy and communications transit zone.”

The legislation that the president is trying to abort requires NGOs and media organizations that receive more than 20% of their funding from abroad to register as “an organization that pursues the interests of a foreign power.”

Despite the controversy it raised, the controversial legislation was approved by the Georgian Parliament last Tuesday, with a majority of 84 votes in favor and 30 against.

Critics of the legislation say it is inspired by a similar law passed by Russia regarding foreign agents, and they believe it aims to silence dissent, and may affect the country’s ambition to join the European Union.

Protests against the legislation targeting media outlets and non-governmental organizations that receive foreign funding have been continuing for more than a month, and he also called on the European Union and the United States not to adopt it.

Message to Macron

In the same context, Zurabishvili called on Macron to visit the capital, Tbilisi, “to completely remove the Caucasus from Russian influence,” as she put it.

Zurabishvili, a former French diplomat, said during an interview with La Tribune Dimanche newspaper that the lack of France is an aberration. “I say this in very clear terms. “I have written to President Macron and expect his presence on Georgia’s Independence Day on May 26.”

She continued, “It is not only Georgia that is at stake. Rather, it is the issue of removing the Caucasus once and for all from the Soviet yoke and Russian influence.”

European officials expressed their criticism of this law and demanded that it not be adopted.

European Council President Charles Michel considered that the Georgian president’s veto gave the government space to “think more deeply.”

Michel called on “all Georgian politicians and leaders” to seize this opportunity and “ensure that Georgia remains on the European path that the people support.”