Borrell: “Door to the EU” May Close for Georgia

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The door to Georgia’s membership in the European Union may close due to the Foreign Influence law adopted by its authorities, the EU’s chief diplomat Josep Borrell has warned. EU threatens to break off high-level contacts with Georgia. The European Union may consider the possible cancellation of the candidate country status against Georgia for the adoption of the law On Transparency of Foreign Influence by the Georgian authorities. This was announced at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday, 24 June, by EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell. “The door for Georgia to become a member of the European Union is open. But if the government continues on the same path, continues to do what it is doing, this door will be closed and the Georgian people will pay the consequences,” Borrell warned. He noted the aspiration of the Georgian people to join the European community, stressing that the majority of the country’s population is in favor of rapprochement with the EU. “We do not want people to suffer. We do not want to cause more pain to the civilian population,” the European diplomatic chief added. According to Josep Borrell, the first steps discussed by the ministers may include cutting financial support to Georgia, ending funding for its security forces and breaking off high-level contacts.