Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili explained to the media the statement he made in Bratislava regarding the reasons for the start of the war in Ukraine . He repeated the same and advised the "wise critics" to stop because he could say more.
Gharibashvili said that Ursula von der Leyen and Emmanuel Macron made the same statements.
"The hype was caused by my statement in Bratislava, which I want to reiterate, I said that Ukraine's desire, one of the reasons for this big war, one of the reasons, not the only one, was that Ukraine wanted to become a NATO member. Then I said that I did not want to quote the Russian authorities, i.e. their statements, because the question was why do you think it started, and by this I showed first that Ukraine wanted to become a sovereign state and become a member of the European Union, NATO, and the other was , that I didn't want to quote. Here I want to remind you all that the very next day Mrs. Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, came out and she said that one of the reasons for this war was that Ukraine wanted to become a member of the European family. I want to ask a question to wise critics who do not stop, it is better for them to stop, I can say more and I don't want to say that. A few hours after Ms. Ursula's speech, Mr. Macron came out and said practically the same thing, and what's more, we heard President Macron's statement that Ukraine and Georgia were given the prospect of joining NATO without any security guarantees, which led to aggression of Russia in Georgia, and Ukraine. I want to ask everyone why they don't criticize Mr. Macron's statement or Mrs. Ursula von der Leyen's statement," Gharibashvili said.
According to him, all this is caused by the fact that the ill-wishers of the country do not really want the country to join NATO and the European Union. According to him, he cannot explain in such a difficult geopolitical situation why any expert or former member of the government of any country should be interested in misinterpreting, distorting, and creating wrong feelings about this topic.