By Katy Dartford & Daniel Bellamy
TBILISI (Euronews and Reuters) — Georgia and Russia have blamed each other for the outbreak of protests and unrest in Tbilisi which was sparked by the visit of a Russian member of parliament to Georgia’s parliament.
And in an exclusive interview with Euronews on Monday, June 24, Georgia’s president Salome Zurabichvili called for a “de-escalation” in the protesters’ standoff with her government.
The call came as protesters gathered for a third night in the capital.
Zurabichvili had earlier blamed Russia for the unrest, suggesting a “fifth column” loyal to Moscow had stirred up trouble.
But Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev dismissed her claim as a distortion of reality.