Ukraine endorses Georgia unrest

Vladimir Zelensky thanked the Tbilisi rioters for flying Ukrainian flags and wished them “democratic success” against the foreign agent law

Ukraine endorses Georgia unrest

Ukraine endorses Georgia unrest

Vladimir Zelensky wished “democratic success” to activists besieging the parliament in Tbilisi 

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has endorsed the protesters who have attempted to storm the parliament in Georgia, thanking them for using the flag and anthem of Ukraine in their campaign against a law targeting “foreign agents.”

“I want to thank everyone who put up Ukrainian flags on the squares and streets of Georgia,” Zelensky said on Wednesday evening, in Ukrainian. “I want to thank [you] for our national anthem, which was heard in Tbilisi. This is respect for Ukraine, and I want to express my sincere respect for Georgia.”

“There is no Ukrainian who would not want the success of our friendly Georgia. Democratic success. European success,” Zelensky said. 

“all the free peoples of Europe deserve it,” he added. 

The protesters demanded the recall of a bill currently before the legislature, which would require any organization receiving 20% or more funding from abroad to register as a foreign agent.

Georgia’s opposition parties have denounced the law as “Russian.” The US embassy in Tbilisi warned that adopting it would mean a “dark day for democracy,” and the State Department threatened sanctions against the Georgian government.

“Euro-Atlantic integrations.”

“extremist organizations” funded from abroad and engaging in “Bolshevik propaganda,” he said on Wednesday.