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Russia: Lavrov slams Georgian president for calling Russia ‘enemy’ and ‘occupier

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov criticised Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili for promoting “anti-Russian” sentiments, speaking at a press conference with his Maldivian counterpart Abdulla Shahid in Moscow on Tuesday.

“Of course, the attitude of Georgia in regards to Russians is not promoted by Salome Zourabichvili’s statement at all, that Russia is an enemy and an occupier. It provokes ultra-extremist, nationalist, anti-Russian sentiments that manifest themselves in what we see on the streets,” he said.

The protests in Tbilisi began after Russian MP Sergei Gavrilov addressed the Georgian Parliament in Russian from the seat of the Georgian parliamentary speaker during the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy on Thursday, prompting several Georgian opposition politicians to leave the session.

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