Tbilisi (EAN) – A few weeks ago, residents of the village of Dadash, on Georgia’s border with Turkey, blocked the main highway connecting the two countries. Their aim, they said, was to call attention to rampant lawlessness in the area since the opening of the border post with Turkey in 2015. In particular,Continue Reading

Kiev (EAN) – Arrested, broke free, arrested again — the spectacle around ex-Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili in Ukraine seems straight out of a Wes Anderson movie. Following a surreal game of cat and mouse with Ukrainian police, it was ultimately the common cold that got him. After a few near-captures on charges of allegedly assistingContinue Reading

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Tblisi (EAN) – The United States is stepping up its military aid to Georgia as Washington searches for new ways to encourage Georgians to continue on their pro-Western path in spite of ever-receding hopes of joining NATO. Starting next spring, US Army officers will train Georgian soldiers on defensive tactics. The new initiative,Continue Reading

Kiev (EAN) – Chanting “Glory to Ukraine!” and “Misha, Misha, Misha!” a crowd of Mikheil Saakashvili’s male supporters on September 10 broke through a security cordon at a Ukrainian border-point to pull the embattled opposition leader from no-man’s-land between Poland and Ukraine onto Ukrainian territory. Saakashvili, 49, was last shown being bundled ontoContinue Reading

Tbilisi (GPA) – The latest western dismissal of Moscow’s national security concerns has kicked off this week, and it involves NATO and Ukrainian troops right along Russia’s border. The latest saber rattling has taken the form of another set of NATO exercises taking place along Russia’s borders. In fact, this latest exercise,Continue Reading

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Baku (EAN) – When NATO military exercises kick off in Georgia next week, they will include troops from the United States, Germany, Turkey, Ukraine, and Armenia. But they won’t include Azerbaijan, an unexpected, last-minute dropout. Azerbaijan also didn’t participate in another set of recently concluded NATO-affiliated drills in Romania, althoughContinue Reading

Kiev (EAN) – Petro Poroshenko made his first visit to Georgia as Ukraine’s president, as ties between the two countries – spoiled in recent years by a feud over former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili – now have new momentum following Saakashvili’s exit from Ukrainian politics. The visit, from July 17-19, allowed the twoContinue Reading

Tbilisi (EUN) – NATO recently recognized Georgia’s contributions to peacekeeping missions from Afghanistan to Kosovo by holding a session of the alliance’s parliamentary assembly in Tbilisi in late May. The occasion reinforced the hopes of Georgian leaders that their country can one day soon gain admission to NATO. However, polling in the leadContinue Reading