Georgia

Europe's East 16-10-2018

Elmar Mammadyarov : Azerbaijan’s EU relation is of strategic nature

In a wide-ranging interview, the Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov discussed his country’s relations with the EU, major energy and transport projects, the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and relations with global players.
Politics 15-12-2017

Analyst: Most EU states sit on fence when it comes to frozen conflicts

EURACTIV.com asked Amanda Paul to comment on the annual report on common foreign and security policy adopted by the European Parliament on 12 December, with reference to the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries.
Global Europe 23-11-2017

Chizhov: Syria is almost settled, time for EU to step in

In a wide-ranging interview on Wednesday (22 November), Russia’s ambassador to the EU discussed Syria and other conflicts, the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit, his country's relations with Turkey and Bulgaria's Presidency of the Council of the EU.
Global Europe 04-11-2016

Ponomaryev: Consensus rules make EU weak against Putin

Consensus voting doesn’t help the EU to stand strong against an ever more assertive Russia, Ilya Ponomaryev, Russian opposition figure and a former member of the State Duma, told EURACTIV Poland in an exclusive, wide-ranging interview.
Azerbaijan 26-05-2015

SOCAR: It is impossible to stop the Southern Gas Corridor

To imagine that a project like Turkish Stream could ruin the Southern Gas Corridor is complete nonsense. Unlike the Gazprom project, the Southern Gas Corridor is about billions of dollars already being invested, Vitaly Baylarbayov, deputy Vice President of SOCAR told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Development Policy 10-12-2014

Gobi?š: The European Year for Development 2015 started in Latvia

A telephone conversation in 2010 launched the idea of designating 2015 as European Year for Development, Andris Gobi?š told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Štefan Füle. [The Council of the European Union]
Europe's East 01-04-2014

Štefan Füle: EU will consult with Russia over Ukraine’s association

The signing of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement takes place in two stages, because of the need for the EU to continue consultations with Russia, Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Commissioner Štefan Füle told EURACTIV Czech Republic in an exclusive interview.
Europe's East 18-10-2013

Minister: Georgia is firmly on pro-western track

If there is consensus on one thing in Georgia, it is the country’s pro-western course of European and trans-Atlantic integration, the Georgian foreign minister Maia Panjikidze told EURACTIV Germany in an exclusive interview.
Armenia 07-10-2013

Chizhov: Russia doubts that majority of Ukrainians want EU integration

EXCLUSIVE / Russia is not threatening Ukraine, but trying to explain to its neighbour the downside of EU association, Russian Ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview. He also said that even if Kyiv signs the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement in Vilnius in November, the next Ukrainian parliament may not ratify it.
Armenia 19-09-2013

Top MEP: Ukrainians should feel the EU’s solidarity

If the authorities in Kyiv release Yulia Tymosenko and the country’s parliament continues to deliver on reform, Brussels should be ready not only to sing through the EU-Ukraine association agreement, but Ukrainians must make sure that they deliver after receiving this “privileged treatment”, MEP Jacek Saryusz-Wolski told EURACTIV in an interview.
Armenia 31-05-2013

Euronest leader: Parliamentary assembly offers a constructive platform for talks

The recent session of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly was a success, bringing together MEPs and their counterparts from Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Armenia and Azerbaijan, Bulgarian MEP Evgeni Kirilov tells EURACTIV.
Europe's East 26-04-2013

Minister: Georgia will send a team to the Sochi Olympics

Achieving the territorial integrity with the Russia-occupied territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia will take time, but in the meantime Georgia seeks “fields of cooperation” with Russia and will not boycott the Sochi Olympic Games, Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Europe's East 14-02-2013

Georgian minister: EU remains priority despite ‘Russian rapprochement’

Tamar Beruchachvili, Georgia's deputy state minister of European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, told EURACTIV that the country’s new policy towards Russia “would certainly not jeopardise relations with the EU”.
Elections 24-07-2012

Vice PM: Pro-Russia opposition in Georgia is ‘bribing’ the voters

Pro-Russian opposition tycoon Bidzina Ivanishvili is "bribing" voters ahead of the October parliamentary election by providing satellite TV equipment free of charge, Giorgi Baramidze, Georgia's vice prime minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Europe's East 30-11-2011

Vice PM: Georgia may accept a Swiss-style EU relationship

The relationship Norway and Switzerland have with the EU could be a basis for Georgia-EU ties, Giorgi Baramidze, the country's vice prime minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Enlargement 08-11-2011

Saakashvili: Georgia ‘should never leave path’ of EU integration

Georgia remains committed to joining the European Union, said President Mikheil Saakashvili in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV Poland. In a conciliatory gesture towards Moscow, the Georgian leader argued that closer ties between his country and the EU could also pave the way for more integration between Russia and the 27-nation bloc.
Global Europe 10-05-2011

Ambassador: Russia could tell EU ‘nobody is perfect’

Russia understands the present difficulties holding up the process of EU integration, just like EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy has never publicly criticised Moscow over the human rights situation in Russia "because he understands it," Vladimir Chizhov, Russia's ambassdor to the EU, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Development Policy 26-04-2011

Georgia’s Vice PM: South Ossetia and Abkhazia are not ‘frozen conflicts’

The occupied Georgian territories of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in the wake of war with Russia in August 2008 should not be considered as a "frozen conflict," Giorgi Baramidze, vice-prime minister of Georgia responsible for European and Euro-Atlantic integration, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Central Europe 14-04-2010

Analyst: No more room for Polish-Russian confrontation

Mutual resentment between Poland and Russia is being replaced with openness and the beginnings of friendship in the emotional days since the tragic plane crash in Smolensk, in which the Polish president and his delegation lost their lives, Piotr Maciej Kaczy?ski, a researcher at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), told EURACTIV in an interview.
Europe's East 04-12-2009

Georgia minister: Russia could be a good neighbour

Russia could be a good neighbour if it respects international law and basic international behaviour, Giorgi Baramidze, deputy prime minister of Georgia, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview. However, he later added that the problem with Russians is that they a priori do not respect rules.
Med & South 13-10-2008

Wa??sa: Europe is in need of solidarity

Europe should not fear Russia like it did before the fall of the Berlin Wall, despite Moscow's temptation to revert to posturing from the past, the historic leader of the Polish anti-communist movement 'Solidarno??' and former Polish President Lech Wa??sa told EURACTIV Poland in an interview.
Med & South 08-10-2008

Joschka Fischer: Europe needs an avant-garde

The Georgian crisis and the current financial crisis show that the EU needs an avant-garde capable of reacting because the alternative would be "to do nothing," former German foreign minister Joschka Fischer told EURACTIV in an interview.
Global Europe 19-09-2008

MEP Bernard Poignant: War in Crimea is not impossible

To improve the climate in Crimea and avoid military confrontation with Russia, Ukraine could be more active in pushing for EU accession and show less eagerness to join NATO, French MEP Bernard Poignant told EURACTIV in an interview.
Med & South 03-09-2008

IFRI expert: Europe and US ‘misguided’ on Russia

While Georgia and Russia are the first to blame for the recent conflict, the United States and Europe must also bear some responsibility, says Thomas Gomart of the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI) in an interview with EURACTIV.