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Russia rules out any interference in Georgia’s internal affairs

Moscow, May 14 (Prensa Latina) Russia ruled out on Tuesday any interference in Georgia's internal affairs in connection with the Foreign Agents bill, similar to the US regulation known as FARA (Foreign Agents Registration Act), Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, the spokesman stressed the Georgian leadership’s firm intention to protect the country from foreign influence in its internal affairs, as most countries do.

On the other hand, we see direct foreign interference in Georgia’s internal affairs. We even hear threats against Georgia if it adopts one or another bill. Is this not direct interference in Georgia’s internal affairs? Peskov asked.

On May 2, the Government of the United States warned Georgia that the bill was jeopardizing its Euro-Atlantic integration. On Monday, the European Union (EU) also threatened the Caucasian country that its bill on foreign agents could affect the integration of the country into the EU bloc.

The “Georgian Foreign Agents” bill requires organizations that promote the interests of a foreign power and receive at least 20 percent of their funding from abroad to register as agents of foreign influence.

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Kobakhidze stated that the bill complies with the basic legal principles and its only purpose is the annual publication of finances of non-governmental organizations, media, and others.