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European Commissioner Threatened Georgia’s Prime Minister with ‘Fico’ Treatment

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Kobakhidze. Credit: NATO

Georgia’s Prime Minister Irakli Kobakhidze claimed today that a member of the European Commission threatened that he could end up suffering the same fate as Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico, if he didn’t fall in line. Kobakhidze revealed in a Facebook posting, that the unnamed commissioner warned him in phone call that Brussels would take “a number of measures” against him if his government implemented its law requiring transparency for NGOs that take more than 20% of foreign funding making them register as “pursuing the interests of a foreign power.” Kobakhidze wrote: “While listing these measures, he mentioned: ‘You see what happened to Fico, and you should be very careful.’”
Fico was shot five times on May 15 and severely wounded while greeting a crowd of citizens outside a meeting. His government withdrew sending weapons and ammunition to neighboring Ukraine, opposing the war against Russia. He is also close to the Hungarian government of Viktor Orbán, also a neighbor of Ukraine, and like Slovakia, an EU and NATO member which strongly opposes NATO’s Ukraine war against Russia.

Kobakhidze then commented: “We have long been accustomed to this kind of insulting blackmail. The parallel drawn with the attempted assassination of Robert Fico reminds us that in the form of the Global War Party, we are dealing with an extremely dangerous force that will do anything to bring chaos to Georgia.” The EU/NATO forces have organized Maidan-style protests against the NGOs law. The veto by the President is expected to be overridden by a large majority in Parliament.

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