Legislation handed in Georgia ‘step in unsuitable route,’ says NATO spokesperson

The legislation requires media and NGOs to register as “pursuing the pursuits of a overseas energy” in the event that they obtain greater than 20% of their funding from overseas.

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The brand new “Russian legislation” that handed in Georgia is a step within the unsuitable route, a NATO spokesperson stated on Wednesday.

“The Georgian authorities’s choice to cross laws on so-called ‘overseas brokers’ is a step within the unsuitable route,” stated NATO spokesperson Farah Dakhlallah, and added that it took Georgia “additional away from European and Euro-Atlantic integration.”

The legislation requires media and NGOs to register as “pursuing the pursuits of a overseas energy” in the event that they obtain greater than 20% of their funding from overseas.

Opponents of the invoice, who’ve dubbed it the “Russian legislation” due to comparable laws enacted by the Kremlin, say it undermines democracy and will derail the nation’s possibilities of becoming a member of the EU.

Georgia has been an official candidate nation since December final yr, and assist for membership among the many inhabitants is excessive, with the Nationwide Democratic Institute placing it at 81%.

Protests in opposition to the invoice have been ongoing for weeks. On Tuesday night time, protesters blocked the principle freeway in Tbilisi after some clashed with riot police outdoors parliament earlier within the day.

Opposition to the legislation additionally exists outdoors Georgia — with the White Home saying it was “deeply troubled” and the UK, Germany, Italy and France urging Georgia to withdraw the legislation.

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