Giorgi Menabde

Giorgi Menabde is a journalist based in Georgia.

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NATO Again Demonstrates Strong Support for Georgia

Georgia and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) held NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019—a computer assisted/command post exercise (CAX/CPX)—at the Joint Training and Evaluation Center (JTEC), between March 18 and 29. The

US and NATO Send Reassuring Messages to Georgia

A few weeks before Georgia’s presidential elections, scheduled for October 28, the authorities in Tbilisi are trying to demonstrate their unwavering support for closer links with the United States and

Georgia Remains on Path to NATO

Four years ago, then–United States President Barack Obama famously stated that Georgia is not presently on the path to membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) (Civil Georgia, March

Georgia Moves to Adopt ‘Total Defense’ Posture

The Georgian Parliament endorsed in its first hearing the country’s new military reserve system, concluding a nearly year-long working process on its reform (Civil Georgia, January 30, 2017; see EDM, May 25, 2017).

Gazprom Presents Harsh Ultimatum to Georgia

The Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Energy of Georgia, Kakha Kaladze, and a top official at the Russian energy giant Gazprom, Yelena Burmistrova, failed to reach an agreement during

Growing Threat of Russian Influence in Georgian Army

Since the Bucharest summit of April 2008, when the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) pledged that Georgia (and Ukraine) “will become members of NATO” (, April 3, 2008), the South

Gazprom Tries to Seduce Georgia

The leader of Azerbaijan, President Ilham Aliyev, arrived in Georgia, on November 5, for a two-day official visit (Vestnik Kavkaza, November 5). This was Aliyev’s first trip to Tbilisi in

Is the Georgian Government Turning Toward China and Russia?

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili presented his government’s newly appointed minister of foreign affairs, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, at the annual gathering of Georgian diplomats, in Tbilisi. Until September 1, Kvirikashvili headed

Russia Threatens Georgia With Renewed Trade War

The Russian government regularly uses its agency for consumer protection, Rospotrebnadzor, for trade discrimination and blocking imports from countries whose policies Moscow does not like (see EDM, March 28, 2006;

Are Georgians Participating in the Ukrainian War?

In July 2014, when the war in eastern Ukraine was becoming increasingly intense and bitter, former president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili accused the new Georgian authorities of persecuting “the officers

Is Russia Resuming a Trade War Against Georgia?

The Russian government has announced the imminent suspension of the Free Trade Regime between the Russian Federation and Georgia, which had been in place since 1994, following Georgia’s accession to

Will Russia Annex Abkhazia and South Ossetia?

Against the backdrop of the quickly unfolding situation in Ukraine—the annexation of Crimea and the guerrilla war in eastern Ukrainian—there are growing fears in Georgia that Russia will also use

The Olympic Truce Between Russia and Georgia

The chief of the Federal Security Service of Russia (FSB), Alexander Bortnikov, stated at an April 9 meeting of the Russian security services and law enforcement agencies that the FSB

Georgian Soldiers Go to Africa

In his annual State of the Nation address in the parliament (, Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili stated that he agreed to the request of Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of

Is Georgia Too Close to Sochi?

Several days prior to the opening of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, peculiar events started to take place at the Russian-Georgian border. According to multiple accounts, Georgian border guards

Georgia Reviews Results of Its Military Reform

Following the United National Movement’s complete hand-over of power to the Georgian Dream coalition, experts in Georgia have begun assessing the results of the decade of rule by former president

Tensions on the Border Between Georgia and South Ossetia

For the past several days, Georgian politicians and experts have extensively discussed the alarming development of the situation around the village of Ditsi (, located at the border between Georgia

Will Georgia Reenter the CIS?

The issue of Georgia’s possible return to the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and its participation in other post-Soviet space organizations became topical after the January 29 statement of the

Georgia Proposes to Unblock the Trans-Caucasus Railway

One of the closest associates of Georgia’s Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, State Minister for Reintegration Paata Zakareishvili, has unveiled the government’s idea to unblock the railway link that connected Russia