Bidzina Ivanishvili, founder of the Georgian Dream and former prime minister of Georgia, makes a statement.
This is his second public statement after announcing his retirement from politics. We offer it without changes:
"First of all, I want to once again express my deep respect for the Georgian society, which has repeatedly proven that it is loyal to European values. 30 years after the restoration of independence, the Georgian people have shown once again that dignity, freedom and independence are their most important values. At the same time, the Georgian society has proved to everyone that despite its short democratic experience, it has the wisdom to deal with the most difficult challenges with dignity.
It has been a year and a half since I informed the public about my decision to leave politics, and since then, I have fully observed my own decision. During this entire period, I published only one public statement, and that was only to give no one the opportunity to speculate on my behalf. I didn't want my factor to have any influence on the political processes, and that was and is the reason for my complete distancing from the public space.
At the same time, as a son of this country and one of its supporters, I naturally follow the events in Georgia with all my attention. Against the background of the most difficult political situation in the region, Georgia and its ruling team had to go through very painful processes during the past months and are still having to go through it. The situation for Georgia and its government is complicated by the fact that certain forces actively tried to drag Georgia into the war, and this desire and goal of theirs, unfortunately, is still relevant today.
Despite the greatest difficulties, the ruling team worked correctly, took a correct and principled position, and the main difficulty, the first stage of the threat of war, has already been overcome. Thanks to these efforts, the immediate threat of Georgia being drawn into the war has been neutralized as much as possible. However, I would like to point out here that until the end of the war in Ukraine, certain risks still remain, and both the government and the public should be extremely careful so that Georgia can finally avoid a fatal war.
However, today, when the immediate threat of war has been neutralized as much as possible, I believe that the ruling team has the opportunity to largely shift its attention to another most important priority and to ensure that Georgia's relations with its strategic partner, the United States of America and the European Union, are not damaged.
As for my personal problem, which arose in the relationship with the Swiss bank and is still relevant today, I believe that it has a direct connection with the ongoing processes in Georgia. However, due to the fact that Georgia has practically overcome the difficult situation and the immediate threat of war has passed, I prefer to leave the relationship between me and the Swiss bank as my personal problem and not bother the public with this problem too much. It doesn't matter on what I planned to spend the funds frozen by the Swiss bank - for private purposes or for public needs. I prefer that the society considers the problem created by the bank as my personal problem in all cases. My lawyer made relatively detailed explanations on this case and will do it in the future too.
The most important thing for me is that Georgia can finally get out of the most difficult situation properly and maintain peace, and I will take care of my personal issue myself and will not try to burden society with this problem.
Finally, since a question was publicly raised about holding a meeting between me and the American Ambassador after the start of the war in Ukraine, I would like to explain to the public that such a meeting did take place at the request of the Ambassador on March 21 and it lasted for about three hours," - Bidzina Ivanishvili