: Former Georgian defence and security official on Ukraine's security threats and challenges
Opinion13:27 Apr. 6, 2016
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Former Georgian defence and security official on Ukraine's security threats and challenges

Mr. Bezhuashvili discusses best ways to defend against Russian aggression

On the sidelines of Odesa Security Forum, Former Minister of Defense, Foreign Affairs and Former Chief of Intelligence of Georgia Gela Bezhuashvili joins Ukraine Today to talk on Georgian experience in dealing with Russian aggression.

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‘The situation that we see today in Ukraine is very unfortunate. This means that those lessons were not learned from the Georgian experience either by us or by Ukrainians and wider international community. What happened in Georgia was a brutal violation of the international law, the principles of international security that we have built together for many years.'

‘The war in Georgia was not important. The roots of the conflict were important. There is a need of analysis why in 2013-2014 conflict, war and occupation of Crimea happened. It did not happened in one day. ‘

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‘Ukrainian battle for freedom is not only Ukrainian case. It is as Georgian, as European and as global as it is. Ukraine should not be left alone. We all need to stand together. It is the only way to resist Russian attitude.'

‘There are two ways. One is internal strength of Ukraine. Without strengthening and improving institutions and governance, fighting corruption, Ukraine is not going to succeed. Secondly, when Ukraine does the job, the international community must support Ukraine unanimously, financially, logistically, militarily. The fate of the freedom is decided in Ukraine.'

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