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US Imposes Travel Bans on Georgia Officials


Fri 07 Jun 2024 | 11:32 AM
Israa Farhan

The United States has announced sanctions on dozens of Georgian citizens, including members of parliament and government, due to the recently adopted "foreign agents" law by the Georgian parliament.

The US State Department stated that the sanctions involve travel restrictions and target members of the ruling Georgian Dream party, their family members, security personnel, and other citizens.

State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller highlighted the U.S. position during a press briefing, emphasizing the hope that Georgian leaders will reconsider their actions and take steps to advance the democratic, European, and Atlantic aspirations they have long professed.

He also indicated that the US is prepared to impose additional sanctions if necessary.

On May 14, the Georgian parliament passed the "Transparency of Foreign Influence" law, which allows for the classification of media outlets and non-governmental organizations with a certain percentage of foreign funding as "foreign agents."

The law has sparked widespread protests in Georgia, with opposition parties accusing the government and the Georgian Dream party of replicating Russia's foreign agents law. Both the United States and the European Union have criticized the law.

Despite President Salome Zourabichvili's veto, the parliament overrode it on May 28, and the law is now in effect.