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Dmytro Kuleba, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, shared his concerns about Georgia’s possible assistance to the russian authorities in avoiding sanctions, as reported by RBC-Ukraine.
Kuleba said it is utmost important not to allow russia evade sanctions. Ukraine uses its leverage and influence on Georgia and other countries by direct diplomatic communication or via influential partners, to make sure these countries do not help Russia circumvent sanctions.
"We are waiting for official evidence and convincing arguments from Georgia that they do not help Russia circumvent sanctions. Afterwards, we will decide on our next steps, should such evidence and arguments appear to be not credible," the Minister said.
Earlier, the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine reported that russia established channels for smuggling of the sanctioned goods through the territory of Georgia.
On 3 April, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said Georgia will not join international sanctions against russia. While on 1 April, President Salome Zurabishvili said that Georgia will participate in all kinds of international financial sanctions and resolutions that have been used to support Ukraine amid the russian invasion.