Grigory Karasin, the International Affairs Committee chairman of the Russian Federation Council, responded to the Georgian President's veto on the law on so-called Foreign Agents and accused Salome Zourabichvili of trying to achieve instability in the country.

"Zourabichvili, a woman of her own mind, seems to be selflessly trying to achieve instability in her own country. The Law on Foreign Agents, passed by an absolute majority in Parliament, has a strangely persistent quality to it. Here, the question arises: whose interests does Mrs. President protect? In general, the scenario is clear, but it is important for a politician not to lose his sense of proportion," Karasin said on May 18, after the president vetoed the Russian Law.

It should be noted that Grigory Karasin approved the adoption of the Russian Law by Georgian Dream and assessed it as "a manifestation of the character of the current government of Georgia."

The statements of the Vice-Speaker of the Russian Council and Georgian Dream are in full agreement.

The Georgian Parliament adopted the Russian Law on so-called Foreign Agents in the third and final reading at the May 14 plenary session. 84 MPs supported it, while 30 were against it. The authorities did not take into account the warnings of international partners and the demands of continuous mass protests in the country to withdraw the law unconditionally.

The president vetoed the law, stating that it contradicts several articles of the Georgian constitution. However, Georgian Dream plans to override it during the session week of May 27.

Last week, during his visit to Tbilisi, US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs James O'Brien warned the authorities that if the law comes into force without aligning with European norms, we will see restrictions from the US side. In addition, according to O'Brien, the United States has about $390 million in aid planned to be spent with the Georgian government, which will also be called into question if the US is now considered "an adversary, not a partner.”

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