The press release issued by the President of Ukraine on 23 April 2022.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed that the Georgian people are fraternal for Ukrainians, but the return of the Ukrainian ambassador to Georgia is possible after the Georgian authorities support Ukraine. The Head of State said this during a press conference for international and Ukrainian media in Kyiv.
“I will say frankly: we are truly fraternal nations, but I do not understand the position of the leaders of your state. That’s why I perceive it bitterly… I don’t understand why sanctions are not imposed. I have heard the message “we must protect our economy”. What economy? They (Russians – ed.) have already taken part of the territory of Georgia, almost reached Tbilisi,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed.
At the same time, according to him, the Georgian people are one of the nations that are really close to Ukrainians. The President noted that Georgia is a neighbor of Ukraine, and the Georgian people have supported Ukrainians starting from the first revolution and ending with the current war by providing volunteer and humanitarian assistance. In addition, Georgians are fighting on the side of Ukraine and expressed their support on the streets of Tbilisi.
“We have a war with Russia, and we definitely do not want conflicts with Georgia. I am sure we will never have conflicts… We will definitely return the ambassador to friendly Georgia as soon as we feel the support of Ukraine from your government,” the President said.