Russia to work on resuming flights with Georgia

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Russia will work on resuming flights with Georgia. Grigory Karasin, head of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs, stated this in a conversation with TASS.

“Let's hope we will work in this direction,” — he said on the sidelines of the XIII International Economic Summit “Russia” Islamic World: KazanSummit 2022».

In January, the Russian Foreign Ministry recalled that among the conditions for lifting the ban on air travel with Georgia— “stopping the Russophobic campaign”, “a more balanced policy” against Russia and the “disappearance of threats to security” Russians.

Moscow remains committed to the goals of normalizing Russian-Georgian relations and restoring bilateral ties, but such a process should be a “two-way street,” the ministry stressed.

Ban on flights with Georgia is temporary, the Foreign Ministry emphasized.

Russia severed direct flights with Georgia on June 21 amid protests in Tbilisi. The reason for the protests was that State Duma deputy from the Communist Party Sergei Gavrilov sat in the speaker's chair during the opening of the meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy in the Georgian parliament.

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After that, the opposition Georgian parties “United National Movement” and “European Georgia” considered that a deputy from Russia cannot be in the Georgian parliament and take the chair.

The protesters demanded the resignation of speaker Irakli Kobakhidze and the holding of early parliamentary elections. Kobakhidze complied with their demands by resigning on June 21.

According to the decree of Russian President Vladimir Putin, flights of Russian airlines to the country ceased on July 8. Later, the Russian Ministry of Transport announced that from that date a temporary ban on flights to Russia of Georgian airlines would also be introduced.

The head of the Ministry of Transport at that time, Yevgeny Dietrich, then warned that due to the decision to close direct flights with Georgia, Russian airlines will lose about 3 billion rubles.

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Georgia declares non-recognition of referendum in South Ossetia

Georgian ruling party rules out recognition of South Ossetian referendum Georgian authorities do not recognize the de facto referendum in South Ossetia on unification with Russia, as well as the presidential elections in this country and its government, said the head of the ruling party. Voting will take place on July 17

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The Georgian authorities do not intend to recognize the referendum in South Ossetia on the issue of unification with Russia, which will be held on July 17, as well as its results, said the head of the ruling Georgian Dream party. Irakli Kobakhidze, quoted by Imedinews.

"With regard to such initiatives, we have a clear policy, and we do not recognize either the de facto government, or the de facto elections, or the de facto referendum. Our position on this matter is very clear, very clear. Therefore, it is natural to follow the same line, — he said.

The day before, Anatoly Bibilov, the current president of South Ossetia, which the Georgian authorities consider an occupied region, signed a decree on holding a referendum on the question of the republic's entry into Russia. Voting will take place on July 17th. Bibilov stated that he “was guided by the historical desire of the people of the Republic of South Ossetia for reunification with Russia and in accordance with paragraph 16 of Article 50 of the Constitution of the Republic, such wording is given in his decree. On the night of May 14, the document was approved by the Supreme Court of South Ossetia.

On voting day, citizens will have to answer the question of whether they support “unification of the Republic of South Ossetia and Russia”.

Bibilov lost the presidential election to his rival, the head of the opposition Nykhas party. Alan Gagloev, he is expected to take office after May 20. After the election, Gagloev emphasized that the authorities would organize a referendum when they received a signal from Moscow, since the decision should be made by both sides. “The main factor here is the willingness of the Russian Federation to take on such responsibility,” — he said.

In response to the initiative, the Kremlin noted that they would respect the results of the vote, but noted that Moscow did not participate in this process in any way from a legal point of view. Deputy head of the commission “United Russia” for International Cooperation Andrei Klimov and Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs Artem Turov said that there are no obstacles for the region to join the country.

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Georgia submitted answers to the first part of the questionnaire for EU accession

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili handed over the answers to the first part of the questionnaire required for joining the EU. Tbilisi plans to send answers to the sectoral part by May 13. A decision on Georgia's EU membership is expected at the end of June

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The Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Garibashvili, handed over the answers to the first part of the questionnaire for obtaining the status of a candidate for EU membership, to the head of the EU Delegation in Tbilisi, Karl Hartzel, the press service of the administration of the Georgian government reports.

Gharibashvili added that the government Georgia and all relevant departments continue intensive work on filling out the second, sectoral part of the questionnaire, which includes 33 chapters and up to 2300 questions. According to him, Tbilisi wants to transfer the second part of the questionnaire to the EU by May 13.

The press service noted that after receiving the completed questionnaire, the European Commission will start preparing its own assessment report, which will then be submitted to the Council of the European Union, and a corresponding decision on Georgia's possible accession to the EU is expected by the end of June.

Georgia applied for EU membership together with Moldova in early March, following Ukraine. The desire for EU membership and Euro-Atlantic security structures is enshrined in the country's Constitution.

Georgia and Moldova received a questionnaire for obtaining the status of a candidate for EU membership on April 11, Ukraine— two days earlier. The head of the Moldovan Foreign Ministry, Nikolai Popescu, then said that he expected Chisinau to fill out the document within a few weeks. Ukraine handed over the completed questionnaire on April 18.

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Georgia urges US to increase its political support

Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili called on Western partners, including the United States, to “remember” Georgia and Moldova and demonstrate political support for these countries, which will be an “important signal” to Moscow

Georgia now needs the political support of Western partners, including the United States , as an “important signal” for Moscow, President Salome Zurabishvili said in an interview with The Hill.

She said she hoped to see Georgia among the talking points released by the Biden administration, saying it would send “an important message” for Moscow. Zurabishvili stressed that this is not about increasing military assistance, but about demonstrating political support for Georgia, as well as Moldova.

According to her, despite the fact that Moscow cannot now deploy troops to start a new operation, Russia “can still play on nerves,

and this is what it is doing in Transnistria, trying to sow fears, destabilize the population”

“In this way, Russia shows that even if it is focused on Ukraine, it does not forget Moldova and [Georgia]. So, again, our Western partners should, for their part, not forget Georgia, — she said.

Zurabishvili also indicated that Georgia does not intend to back down from its NATO aspirations, as it seeks security guarantees.

In early April, after announcing the resignation of Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani and his appointment as the country's ambassador to the United States, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili called Washington the most important strategic partner of Georgia. According to him, the task of Tbilisi — bring relations between the two countries to a new, higher level. “I believe David can do it,” — he said.

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In mid-February, Reuters reported that Georgian Defense Minister Juansher Burchuladze, while on a visit to Brussels, said that the country's accession to NATO is the only way to preserve the country's territorial integrity. In early March, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that the issue of membership of Georgia and Ukraine in NATO is not currently on the agenda. Presidents of the United States and France Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron and Secretary General of the alliance Jens Stoltenberg also spoke about this.

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Georgia will not become a country to bypass the sanctions imposed on the Russian Federation because of Ukraine

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Georgia will not be drawn into the “game” imposed by the EU and the US, and will not become a platform for evasion of sanctions imposed on Russia because of Ukraine, said Irakli Kobakhidze, chairman of the ruling Georgian Dream – Democratic Georgia party, ex-speaker of parliament.

In an interview with the Georgian TV channel Imedi, he explained that he did not will allow the country to be manipulated by both European and Russian partners.

Let us recall that Tbilisi and Moscow have developed close relations and they are negotiating to establish a “smuggling route” for the transport of weapons Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk said earlier this week.

In an interview with the Georgian TV channel Formula, she recalled that Georgia had refused to impose sanctions against Moscow.< /p>

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Stoltenberg: NATO will increase support for Ukraine and Georgia

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NATO will not send ground troops into Ukraine and close the sky over it so as not to provoke Russia. But the alliance intends to provide Kiev with military assistance and will significantly increase its own presence in Eastern Europe.

This was announced by Secretary General of the military bloc Jens Stoltenberg following an emergency summit held in Brussels. Ukraine, in particular, will receive equipment for protection against biological, chemical, radiological and nuclear thunderstorms. NATO allies have also agreed to provide Kiev with further humanitarian assistance.

In addition, four tactical battle groups will be established in Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia. 40,000 troops have already been deployed on the eastern flank of the alliance.

NATO Secretary General announced the creation of the Diana military innovation fund, which will include more than 60 scientific sites.

Against the backdrop of the situation in Ukraine the alliance will strengthen military support for Georgia, Herzegovina and Bosnia.

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Georgia again pushed to war with Russia

But Tbilisi is not even thinking about the forceful restoration of territorial integrity

The President of Ukraine said that the Ukrainian ambassadors to Georgia and Morocco would return to Kyiv. He believes that they are not doing their job: “With all due respect: if there are no arms supplies, sanctions and restrictions for Russian business, then please look for another job,” Zelensky said. Secretary of the Security Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov recently unequivocally called on Georgia to open a “second front” against Russia.

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Many questions were also raised by the recent visit to Tbilisi by Deputy Minister of the British Armed Forces James Happy, who met with Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and Georgian Defense Minister Juansher Burchuladze. Some observers interpreted these talks as yet another attempt by the West to draw Georgia, if not into a war, then at least into a more open confrontation with the Russian Federation and force it to join the anti-Russian sanctions.

In Tbilisi, provocations by functionaries of the Kiev regime are still assessed negatively. Representatives of the ruling party “Georgian Dream” say that the war with Russia is not in the interests of the Georgian people. Even the announcement of South Ossetian President Bibilov about a referendum on joining Russia did not shake the peaceful rhetoric of the Georgian leadership. Recall that the Ukrainian Ambassador to Georgia, Igor Dolgov, was recalled to Kyiv on March 1, after Tbilisi refused to join the economic sanctions against Moscow. However, on March 15, he returned to Georgia.

Ex-head of the State Chancellery of Georgia, Petre Mamradze, commented on the situation especially for MK.

– No, there is nothing similar from the West. There was no call to somehow join the war or somehow return the territories in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

I have constant contact with Western diplomats, and I have not heard anything like this from them.

You know that Georgia has joined Ukraine on all political platforms. In the Council of Europe, Georgia first voted to suspend Russia's membership, and then to expel it. Voted for the investigation in The Hague. Georgia voted in the UN General Assembly and condemned the actions of the Russian Federation as aggression.

Georgia did not join the economic sanctions against Russia, but Hungary, a member of NATO and the European Union, Turkey, and Israel did not join the sanctions.

For comparison: Armenia abstained during the vote in the General Assembly, the Azerbaijani delegation left altogether from the hall. The countries of Central Asia did the same. Only Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine voted “yes” from the post-Soviet states. So, as the American ambassador recently stated, Georgia has done everything a democratic country can do to support Ukraine.

– There are Georgian volunteers there. But these are volunteers. The government cannot interfere with a person if he himself goes to Poland and from there makes his way to Ukraine.

Zelensky and his company, by the way, have been categorically warned by the United States and the West not to touch Crimea. Because Crimea is already the territory of the Russian Federation, and there will be a Patriotic War.

Yes, there are calls from Kyiv to “take a walk” towards Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Our government answered this very clearly: even if all the Russian military were withdrawn from there, Georgia would never think of resolving the problem by force. Because Abkhazians and Ossetians will fight there with the weapons they have. How they fought against the Georgian troops in 2008, when there were no Russian troops yet. This will be bloodshed, which we will not allow.

– This is complete insanity after all that Georgia has done for Ukraine politically. The people now donate everything they can for Ukrainians: clothes, food, medicines. There are queues at the reception points. The ambassador from Georgia is recalled when the ambassador from Belarus has not yet been recalled.

– Because Vano Merabishvili is in Kyiv, released from prison, the backbone of the Saakashvili regime. There sits the right hand of Misha Zurab Adeishvili, who is present at the meetings of the Security Council of Ukraine. Gia Lordkipanidze, a former deputy, is sitting there. Merabishvili, who staged a bloody tragedy in Lapankuri. Now he has become the head of the military counterintelligence of Ukraine. This is a criminal, a man for whom the rope cries. Here is such a company.

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Georgia joins anti-Russian sanctions over Ukraine

According to Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili, Tbilisi takes part in all international financial sanctions imposed against Russia because of the situation around Ukraine .

“Our country participates in all international financial sanctions imposed by the EU against Russia, and this really already means something for our financial sector. Now our country participates in all international resolutions that are created to support Ukraine “, she said to CNN.

Recall that on February 25, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said that Tbilisi had no plans to impose sanctions against Russia. Later, in the national bank of the republic, the Georgian branch of VTB Bank was deprived of the right to serve individuals.

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The Bank of Georgia stopped demanding from the Russians to “condemn the special operation”

The Bank of Georgia has canceled the special conditions for Russians that it introduced for opening an account. Previously, citizens were asked to sign a number of provisions, including “condemn the special operation in Ukraine” .jpg” alt=”The Bank of Georgia has ceased to require the Russians to “condemn the special operation”” />

The largest private bank in Georgia Bank of Georgia (Bank of Georgia) canceled the requirement to “condemn the special operation” in Ukraine for Russians who want to open an account, RIA Novosti reported in the bank.

“The regulations that were previously introduced by our bank no longer exist. A citizen of Russia will not have to sign these documents, while the person's application for opening a bank account will be considered by the commission, the decision is made on an individual basis, — said in a financial institution.

RBC sent a request to the press service of the Bank of Georgia.

Another Georgian bank, Terabank, told RIA Novosti that it had not introduced “any new regulations.” All Russian citizens in Georgia, except for those under sanctions, like other foreigners, can open a bank account and receive appropriate services, it noted. The same was noted in the TVS bank. “We do not force any documents to be signed”, — told the agency there.

The fact that the Bank of Georgia began to require Russians who want to open accounts to sign a number of provisions became known on March 4. As Interpressnews reported, a statement in English appeared on the bank's website. According to him, the Russians had to assure that they “condemn Russia's aggression against Georgia and Ukraine”, consider their country an “occupier”; and recognize the territorial integrity of Georgia.

As Kommersant reported on March 5, due to unwillingness to sign such a document, the Bank of Georgia refused three Russian families who arrived in Georgia on vacation.

At the same time, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili stated that he condemns cases of discrimination against Russian citizens on ethnic grounds and called on law enforcement agencies to take measures to prevent and suppress any physical clashes and attempts to incite ethnic hatred. Those responsible for such actions should be punished to the fullest extent of the law, he said.

The Russian Foreign Ministry, in turn, asked Russians and compatriots abroad to report “facts of violations, pressure, blackmail, threats, any form of discrimination. According to the representative of the department, Maria Zakharova, a round-the-clock hotline has been set up in almost every embassy and consulate. “We will systematize all this in order to work with local authorities, in international organizations, in order to put an end to the persecution of Russians where there are such manifestations,” — she said.

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Scholz called it right to refuse Ukraine and Georgia admission to NATO

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that the refusal of Ukraine and Georgia to join NATO was correct, ZDF reports.

During a conversation with the channel's correspondents, he noted that currently this issue is not on the agenda of the North Atlantic Alliance.

“It was the right decision, then there were very long negotiations in NATO on this issue,” Scholz noted.

At the same time, he also stressed that there was allegedly no plan to deploy alliance missiles on the territory of Ukraine.

On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a military special operation on the territory of Ukraine. According to the head of state, its goal is the demilitarization and denazification of the country. At the same time, he stressed that Moscow's plans do not include the occupation of Ukrainian territories.

Earlier it was reported that Germany intends to supply Ukraine with 1,000 anti-tank guns and 500 Stinger missiles.

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Georgia vows not to be drawn into conflict in Ukraine

Volodymyr Zelensky motivated the recall of the ambassador from Georgia by “an obstacle to volunteers” and Tbilisi’s position in relation to sanctions. Georgia does not want to be drawn into the conflict, Georgian Dream responded ” alt=”Georgia promised not to be drawn into the conflict in Ukraine” />

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The decision of the President of Ukraine to recall the ambassador from Georgia is inconsistent and indicates that Kyiv wants to drag the country into the war, said Irakli Kobakhidze , chairman of the Georgian Dream party, Rustavi 2 reports.

“We cannot get involved in a military conflict. There was a direct attempt [in Georgia] to organize the sending of volunteers to participate in the conflict, it was not achieved, and this was followed by this very sad step, — said Kobakhidze, commenting on the decision of the Ukrainian leader.

According to him, this step is unacceptable and unjustified, especially given the actions of Georgia in recent days. Kobakhidze stressed that Georgia understands that Ukraine is in a difficult situation and it would be wrong to criticize Kyiv.

Earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky announced the immediate recall of the ambassador from Georgia “for obstacles volunteers who want to help us for <…> position on sanctions. Zelensky pointed out that the country's diplomats in the current situation are making “fair and absolutely necessary decisions”; in relation to those states that “changed their word and international law.”

After the start of Russia's military operation in Ukraine on February 24, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said that Tbilisi would not join the sanctions against Moscow, because intends to be guided by “only national interests”, and supporting Western sanctions will harm the country.

At the same time, Garibashvili condemned Moscow's actions and called them contrary to international law. According to him, the Georgian government is making every effort to provide Kiev with political and humanitarian assistance.

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Stoltenberg announced NATO exercises in Georgia before the end of the year

NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg: the alliance will hold military exercises in Georgia before the end of the year At the same time, the Georgian Defense Minister said that the country's entry into the alliance is the only way to preserve the country's territorial integrity

NATO will hold military exercises in Georgia before the end of the year, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at a press conference following the meeting of the defense ministers of the countries— members of the organization, broadcasted by the Guardian News YouTube channel.

“There will be exercises in Georgia later this year, NATO will take part in them, since we are conducting these exercises together. These exercises demonstrate how closely we cooperate, — he said.

Stoltenberg once again announced the presence of Russian troops on the borders of Ukraine and stressed that the alliance does not observe their withdrawal from the border. “They have enough troops, enough capabilities to launch a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in a very short time or without any warning,” & mdash; he said and stressed that the alliance will continue to support the sovereignty of Ukraine and Georgia.

At the same time, Georgian Defense Minister Juansher Burchuladze, who is visiting Brussels, said that the country's entry into NATO is the only way to preserve the country's territorial integrity, reports Reuters.

The aggravation in the east of Ukraine has been going on since last autumn, when the Western media began to report that Russia was preparing an invasion of the republic. Repeatedly called the date of the invasion. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied information about the preparation of a military operation and pointed to an increase in the NATO contingent near the Russian borders.

Against the background of the escalation, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in early December that Moscow needed legal security guarantees. At the end of the year, the Russian side submitted security proposals to the United States and NATO, including points about not accepting Ukraine and Georgia into the alliance and not using the territory of Russia's neighboring states for the deployment of offensive weapons.

Later, the North Atlantic Alliance sent Russia responses in writing , however, as Putin noted, the key problems of Russia were not taken into account there. At the same time, the United States, in its response, expressed its readiness to discuss confidence-building measures in organizing exercises in Europe, not to deploy nuclear weapons in its eastern part, and to continue discussing security issues.

In 2008, NATO summit in Bucharest adopted a political statement that Ukraine and Georgia would become members of the organization, but refused to provide them with an action plan, which is the first step in the legal procedure. Today, both countries enjoy NATO Enhanced Opportunities Partner status, which provides broad access to the alliance's programs and exercises. Australia, Jordan, Finland and Sweden also have this status.

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An earthquake occurred in the south of Georgia

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 occurred in southern Georgia, TASS reports citing the Center for Seismic Monitoring at the University of Elijah.

The epicenter was in the village of Sameba, not far from the border with Armenia. Tremors were felt in Tbilisi and Batumi, as well as other parts of the country.

There were no reports of damage or casualties. According to local media, there was a temporary failure in the mobile network, but now the situation has returned to normal. The power line system is also operating normally.

Earlier last week, tremors of magnitude 5.1 on the Richter scale were recorded off the coast of Cyprus.

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Georgia canceled COVID-passports

Against the backdrop of a rapid increase in the number of cases, the Georgian government came to the conclusion that a new wave of infections does not significantly increase the burden on hospitals

The Georgian authorities decided to cancel the so-called green passports, which were issued to those who had been vaccinated against COVID-19 or had been ill. In a message published by the government press service, it is indicated that such a decision was made following a meeting of the Interdepartmental Coordination Headquarters to Combat the Spread of the Pandemic.

The government noted that despite the sharp increase in the number of infections, the situation remains manageable, and the burden on hospitals has not increased significantly. “Most of the patients are treated at home, and their health is monitored by family doctors, whose number has increased in recent days,” — the authorities explained.

The government explained that those who wish to obtain a COVID-passport to travel abroad will continue to be able to use this opportunity.

«Green passport» from December 1, it became mandatory in the republic to visit public places— cafes, restaurants, entertainment centers, cinemas, museums, casinos, hotels and gyms. It was possible to receive it either indefinitely after completing the full course of vaccination, or temporarily in case of a negative test.

Over the past day, 24,201 new cases of infection were detected in Georgia, which was a record number since the beginning of the pandemic. 36 people died (at the peak of the spread of the delta strain, the number of deaths reached 86 per day).

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Russia beat Georgia and advanced to the semi-finals of the European Futsal Championship

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The Russian futsal team won the 1/4 finals of the European Championship over the Georgian team with a score 3:1. This was reported by Sport Express.

Goals against the Georgian team were scored by Artem Niyazov and Ivan Chishkala. From the Georgian side, Bruno Petri scored the only goal for the Russians.

Now the Russian team will play with the Ukrainian team. The futsal match between the two teams will take place on February 4, 2022. Recall that the European Futsal Championship began on January 19, 2022 in the Netherlands.

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Ex-deputy Dmitry Gudkov was not allowed into Georgia

Oppositionist Dmitry Gudkov said that he would be deported from Georgia to Ukraine Dmitry Gudkov, following Lyubov Sobol, was not allowed into Georgia. The Russian opposition calls this decision “political”

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Russian oppositionist and former State Duma deputy Dmitry Gudkov was not allowed into Georgia, he said in his Telegram channel. Gudkov came to the country to meet with activists and diplomats.

In the video posted by the oppositionist, he is walking along the corridor of the airport, accompanied by people in uniform. According to Gudkov, he will be deported back to Kiev, despite the fact that he had an issued invitation. “At the state level, a decision was made to deport me back to Kiev. The solution is political,— he emphasizes.

Gudkov says that no one officially explained this decision to him.

RBC asked the Border Police Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and Tbilisi International Airport for comment.

From 2011 to 2016, Gudkov was a State Duma deputy from A Just Russia. In the 2016 elections, he ran for deputies from the Yabloko party. Gudkov was detained on June 1, 2021 as part of a criminal case on causing particularly large property damage by deceit or breach of trust (paragraph “b” of part 2 of article 165 of the Criminal Code). It was about non-payment of a debt under a lease agreement for non-residential premises in 2015–2017.

Before the arrest, the oppositionist's dacha and apartment in Moscow were searched. Also, Aunt Gudkova— was detained as a suspect in the case. Irina Ermilova. 48 hours after the arrest, on June 3, Gudkov was released, having taken from him an obligation to appear. On the same day, the court released Ermilova without a measure of restraint. On June 6, Gudkov announced that he was leaving Russia. The opposition leader left for Ukraine.

In August, Alexei Navalny's colleague Lyubov Sobol was already denied entry to Georgia. She said that at the border she was checked at the base and stated that entry was denied. She attributed the refusal to the unwillingness of the Georgian authorities to spoil relations with Russia.

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NATO Secretary General called on Russia to withdraw troops from Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that Russia should withdraw troops from territories that the alliance considers belong to Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, noting that the Russian military are there without the consent of the authorities of these states. He said this during a briefing after giving Russia a response to its security proposals.

“Russia should refrain from threatening deployment of forces, aggressive rhetoric against NATO countries and other states. Russia must also withdraw its troops from Ukraine, from Georgia and Moldova,»,— Stoltenberg said. He added that Russian troops are “deployed there without the consent of these countries.”

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Stoltenberg did not explain which troops and which specific areas of these countries are in question. NATO does not recognize the entry of Crimea into Russia, and does not consider the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR independent. In addition, the alliance regards Abkhazia and South Ossetia as part of Georgia. In addition, NATO considers Transnistria, where Russian peacekeepers are deployed, to be Moldovan territory.

During the briefing, Stoltenberg also said that, according to the bloc, progress with Russia is possible in three areas: the restoration of contacts between Russia and NATO; a real discussion of concerns, including Russian ones; conducting exercises.

The Alliance offered Russia to establish a direct line of communication and make maximum use of military contacts, as well as to restore offices in Moscow and Brussels.

After the responses to Russia's security proposals were handed over to Russia, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken also spoke. He stated that Washington is ready for negotiations in case of de-escalation and generally prefers the diplomatic way of resolving the conflict. In its response, the United States indicated areas where cooperation between the two states is possible, Blinken explained. According to him, the United States is ready to discuss with Russia the non-deployment of missiles in Ukraine, military exercises in Europe, arms control, transparency and risk mitigation measures. The Secretary of State also emphasized that the principle of “open doors” remains in NATO.

NATO and US responses to Russian proposals were received on Wednesday, they were brought by US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan.

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Scholz spoke about the prospects for Ukraine and Georgia to join NATO

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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that NATO cannot guarantee Russia's non-expansion. However, the entry of new Eastern European countries into the alliance, as he pointed out, “is not on the agenda.” According to the newspaper S & uuml; ddeutsche Zeitung, against the background of this fact, Scholz does not understand why this demand from Russia.

“There can be no such guarantee,” he stressed. The Chancellor added that a transatlantic defense alliance is necessary.

Interestingly, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said earlier that the alliance had already decided to accept Ukraine with Georgia. At the same time, he pointed out that the terms of entry into the alliance for new members were not set.

Meanwhile, Russia's position on NATO expansion reads as follows: neither Ukraine nor Georgia should become members of the alliance. Moscow needs reinforced concrete guarantees that these two countries will not be accepted there.

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Ryabkov offered the US another “option” on Ukraine and Georgia in NATO

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Sergey Ryabkov

Russia is ready to consider an alternative to NATO's refusal to accept Ukraine into the bloc— a unilateral commitment by the United States not to vote for the country's entry into the alliance. About this at the site of the discussion club «Valdai» said Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

“This well-known formula of the Bucharest summit in 2008, that Ukraine and Georgia will become members of NATO, this should be excluded, this should be replaced by the understanding that this will never happen. Or alternatively, if the United States makes a unilateral commitment in a legally binding manner that it will never vote for Ukraine and other countries to join NATO, we are ready to consider this option. he said.

Ryabkov added that this would be an easier path for the United States if the state had “enough political will.”

According to him, the priority for Moscow is clear and legally binding US guarantees that Ukraine and other countries Russia opposes membership will not join NATO.

In order for a state to become a full member of the alliance, the consent of all its members is required at the stage of ratification of the accession protocol. For example, Macedonia for a long time could not join NATO, as this was prevented by Greece because of the dispute over the name of the country. Athens claimed that the toponym “Macedonia” extends to part of Greek territory, which gives the Macedonians the right to lay claim to it. As a result, the state officially changed its name to North Macedonia (the dispute with Greece was settled in 2018) and joined NATO in 2020.

Moscow needs a “direct and understandable” a written response to its December proposals for security guarantees, as well as an “article-by-article” analysis, Ryabkov said at a meeting of Valdai. He acknowledged that such a formulation of the issue is unprecedented, but drew attention to the fact that this is dictated by the situation itself. That, in turn, was formed due to the “destructive” exchange rate between the United States and NATO, the deputy minister stressed.

Moscow's proposals on security guarantees were made public in December. In the draft treaty, Russia proposed to consolidate NATO's obligation not to expand eastward, to agree with the United States not to harm each other's security, and to oblige Washington not to establish military bases on the territory of the countries that were part of the USSR. In addition, Russia offered to mutually renounce the deployment of weapons where it would be perceived as a threat, as well as the deployment of nuclear weapons.

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Stoltenberg: NATO has agreed on the entry of Ukraine and Georgia

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that NATO had already decided to admit Ukraine and Georgia. At the same time, he pointed out that the terms of entry into the alliance for new members were not set.

“In 2008, we decided that Ukraine and Georgia would become members,” he said in an interview with La Repubblica. “But we did not set when exactly”.

The Secretary General recalled that Kiev had previously turned to NATO with a corresponding request, because this country was supported in terms of reforms, modernization of the army according to the bloc's standards. He expressed the opinion that at the moment Ukraine's defense capability is higher than it was in 2014.

At the same time, Stoltenberg recalled that the NATO collective defense principle applies only to member countries to which Ukraine is officially does not apply yet.

The day before, the Georgian authorities thanked Stoltenberg for “supporting sovereignty.” In particular, President Salome Zurabishvili pointed to the relevant “important statement” that the NATO Secretary General made after the meeting of the Russia-NATO Council. Later, Stoltenberg said that the alliance did not intend to compromise on the issue of expansion to the east.

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The likely reaction of Russia to the entry of Ukraine and Georgia into NATO is revealed

Already today, NATO from Estonia can reach St. Petersburg with rocket artillery

The decision on membership of Ukraine and Georgia in NATO has already been made. This was announced on Friday in an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica by Alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. He clarified that the problem is only in terms. They have not yet been determined and depend on how quickly these countries can bring their armed forces up to NATO standards.

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What might these timeframes be? What threatens us if Ukraine and Georgia are still accepted into NATO? And what might Russia's response be? To these questions «MK» answered the leading Russian military expert, member of the Expert Council of the Board of the Military-Industrial Commission, editor-in-chief of the Arsenal of the Fatherland magazine; Retired Colonel Viktor Murakhovsky.

– «NATO Standards» such a limitless concept that the Alliance can include countries and armies that absolutely do not meet any standards, the expert says. – Here the decision is made according to the situation that is beneficial specifically for the United States and NATO. 

Did when the Baltic countries – the former Soviet republics joined NATO, did they meet at least some of its standards? Of course not. The same applies to the countries of Eastern Europe – the former members of the Warsaw Pact, for example, Bulgaria, Romania. They, too, were inconsistent with the military structure, decision-making processes, and command and control of NATO. Not to mention equipment and weapons – they entered the bloc with old Soviet weapons. That is, when it was beneficial for the United States, nothing stopped them from accepting these countries into NATO. So all the talk about standards and alignment with Alliance structures is it's all just a figure of speech. 

Murakhovsky refused to openly comment on specific military and military-technical measures that Russia could take if Georgia and Ukraine join NATO, because, according to him, the situation here largely depends on Moscow's political decisions. At the same time, he clarified that the “remote threat” already exists on the borders of Russia.

– From the center of St. Petersburg to Estonia, 180 km. And now Estonia, along with other countries, is buying the MLRS and HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems from the United States, which calmly cover the entire St. Petersburg. There are generally less than 70 km to Pskov. And when we talk about the fact that such countries as Ukraine and Georgia are appearing in NATO, then for us this simply poses a new direct threat. In addition to all those strike weapons and missile systems that already worry us today, a ground military group will be present at our borders. The enemy will be practically in the same place where he stood in the 17th century when he threatened Smolensk, Moscow.

Naturally, we are not ready to look at everything that happens indifferently. Our retaliatory measures on this score are not yet pronounced aloud and are not submitted for general discussion. But I will say this: we will focus on an asymmetrical response that will create a threat directly to the United States itself, and not to some kind of Ukraine.

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Stephen Sanchez – Until I Found You Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Georgia, Wrap me up in all your…
I want ya’, In my arms
Oh, let me hold ya’
I’ll never let you go again, like I did
Oh I used to say

[Chorus]
“I would never fall in love again until I found her”
I said, “I would never fall unless it’s you I fall into”
I was lost within the darkness, but then I found her
I found you

[Verse 2]
Georgia, Pulled me in, I asked to…
Love her, once again
You fell, I caught ya’
I’ll never let you go again, like I did

Oh I used to say

[Chorus]
“I would never fall in love again until I found her”
I said, “I would never fall unless it’s you I fall into”
I was lost within the darkness, but then I found her
I found you
[Guitar Solo]

[Chorus]
“I would never fall in love again until I found her”
I said, “I would never fall unless it’s you I fall into”
I was lost within the darkness, but then I found her
I found you

Zac Brown Band – Slow Burn Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Got my first keys to freedom
She had a sweet smile with her hair in the wind
And my hand on her knee made me king of the world
For a little while, yeah she was something back then

[Pre-Chorus 1]
Pedal down on the black top
Fogged up on a side road
Young love and the radio all summer long

[Chorus]
Sometimes a memory like that is a slow burn
Same sky full of stars still shining no matter how the world turns
It’s a song, it’s a face, it’s a time, it’s a place in your life that belongs to her
Sometimes a memory like that is a slow burn

[Verse 2]
We cooled those blazing Georgia days
On a lake shore, and her sun-kissed skin
And that summer went fast but lingers like sand
On a floorboard, yeah she was something back then

[Pre-Chorus 2]

Night sounds on the boat dock
Fireflies and pine smoke
Young love and the radio all summer long
[Chorus]
Sometimes a memory like that is a slow burn
Same sky full of stars still shining no matter how the world turns
It’s a song, it’s a face, it’s a time, it’s a place in your life that belongs to her
Sometimes a memory like that is a slow burn

[Bridge]
First-time feelings never fade
When it’s real like that you know
When I think about you there I go
Young love and the radio all summer long

[Chorus]
Sometimes a memory like that is a slow burn
Same sky full of stars still shining no matter how the world turns
It’s a song, it’s a face, it’s a time, it’s a place in your life that belongs to her
Sometimes a memory like that is a slow burn

Pregnant Erica Mena Files For Divorce From Safaree Less Than 2 Years Of Marriage

Erica Mena has filed for divorce from Safaree Samuels after almost two years of marriage.

The couple that got married in 2019 has split as Erica Mena reportedly filed for divorce in Fayette County Superior Court in Georgia on Friday. This came as a shock to some fans since Erica is currently pregnant with their second child. She gave birth to their first child just last year, one-year-old daughter Safire. Now that they’re expecting their second, a divorce was the last thing anyone expected.

The Love & Hip-Hop stars have been very vocal about their relationship issues in the past, but they seemed to had finally gotten it together when they tied the knot in Georgia, where they currently lived back in 2019. According to the divorce papers obtained by TMZ, Erica Mena is requesting primary physical custody of her and Safree’s one-year-old daughter, Safire. She is, however, willing to share legal custody. In addition, she also wants her and her husband’s current home in Georgia to be her exclusive residence.

Earlier this year, in February, Safaree says his marriage to Erica Mena was a mistake. “I mean this from the bottom of my heart getting married was 1 of my BIGGEST mistakes and it will never happen again,” he wrote in a since-deleted tweet. “I’m walking away before I end up in jail over some dumb sh*t. Nobody is worth my freedom!!!”

That was the first sign that there was trouble in paradise. Erica responded with a similar sentiment adding that Safaree was inconsiderate to her and their daughter. “Since you always run to social media like a little girl I might as well join in. I absolutely agree with you on this. You are the most selfish, vain and inconsiderate person. And not just with me but your only daughter!”

Earlier this month when the couple announced that they are expecting their second child, they both seemed thrilled, but Erica might have discharged yet another hint that things weren’t okay with her and her husband. “More Life. Who wants that perfect love story anyway,” she wrote. “Marriage – It’s not easy at all,” she continued. “But having a family of your very own makes up for it all. God I thank you for the protection and all the consistent blessings. I been through way to much to not be as grateful as I truly am.”

It seems divorce may have already been in play by the time they made their pregnancy announcement. While little details are known now about their decision to end their marriage, that doesn’t usually last too long with reality stars.

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Quando Rondo Shot At, Friend Wounded After Show In Georgia

Quando Rondo was shot at and his friend wounded following a show in Georgia over the weekend.

The Savannah rapper has been a moving target ever since King Von was shot and killed in November last year following a fight between the two outside a nightclub in Atlanta. Although Quando Rondo has maintained that Vin’s death was a case of self-defense, that is not enough to remove the target from off his back. As a result, he has been driving around heavily armed in a bulletproof vehicle with plenty of bodyguards.

It seems his enemies are moving closer following a shooting incident last weekend where Rondo was shot at, and a bullet struck one member of his entourage, TMZ reported. Law enforcement sources say gunfire erupted outside a convenience store off a highway in Georgia in Blackshear.

The attack took placed at approximately 3:20 AM on Sunday while the rapper and his entourage were standing in the parking lot. Quando Rondo and his crew had already left the scene when police arrived. There are no reports of any bullets hitting Rondo, but one member of his crew with hit by a bullet in his hand and got treatment at a local hospital.

Cops say that Quando and his large entourage made a quick stop at the convenience store before shots started firing at them, possibly from across the street.

Interestingly, Quando Rondo performed in front of a small crowd at The Vibe Event Center in Waycross, Georgia, over the weekend. His performance comes after several of his shows were canceled due to threats of violence. A noticeable small crowd was also at the event, a sign that fans are also concerned about possible violence breaking out at his events.

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Jada Kingdom Forges Ahead With Racy Performance In Connecticut Despite Lawsuit

Jada Kingdom is back on the scene as she proves that nothing can stop her, including a lawsuit or any other adversity.

The young deejay delivered a sexy performance in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on Saturday night to raving crowds as she delivered her bangers “Heavy,” “Win,” and “Shake” – her song with her and Skillibeng.

Jada Kingdom entered what looked like a packed auditorium wearing a pleated skirt and long sleeve top. She later ditched the skirt to reveal an all-black bodysuit with black pantyhose. Fans were also amused by her dancing skills as they grabbed her fluffy derriere.

Kingdom also shared what seems like a loaded message to someone as she posted “Yuh cya stap mi, bumbohole!!!” on her story while her song “Win” played in the background. It is speculated that the message is directed to her former management, who filed a lawsuit for libel.

The manager filed the lawsuit following explosive comments by the deejay that someone close to her has been robbing her for years, and she has not made money from any of her music, including streaming.

The manager has asserted that he has contributed to Kingdom’s career and that he has not been dishonest in his dealings with her. Kingdom has not responded to the lawsuit, which, if she fails to reply, can see a default judgment entered against her.

In previous live videos, she has stated that she has attorneys on the case and that she is also looking for new management to manage her. Jada Kingdom appears to now be resident in Atlanta, Georgia, as she continues her career in music.

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Jon Langston – Young & Reckless Lyrics

Hey man, toss me a cold one
We wear cowboy boots and wrangled jeans. Caught the fish, bout everything. Trucks are loud, beers are cold. Like to raise hell off and on the road. West Virginia to Caroline, down the bergys south Georgia’s line, there’s a few down there just like me. No matter where you go you’ll always see
Good old boys with a wild side, rowdy friends makin good times. Haulin on, no self relax. Come on y’all we’re the young and wreckless
Young, young and reckless. (x2)
After work on Friday night, see what trouble we might find. Call up the boys, we at this bout, catch a little buzz at the spot down town. And later that night we head to the farm, get a little crazy in a beer red barn. Screamin Hank with the rebel will. The girls get hot, spillin their own spill on us

Good old boys with a wild side, rowdy friends makin good times. Haulin on, no self relax. Come on y’all we’re the young and wreckless
Young, young and reckless. (x2)
I love my momma. I say, “Yes, mam.” Prime example of a southern gentleman. I know how to act but I’m still a mess. You already know I’m young and reckless
Good old boys with a wild side, rowdy friends makin good times. Haulin on, no self relax. Come on y’all we’re the young and wreckless
Young, young and reckless. (x4)

Wu-Tang Clan Imposter Sentenced To 7 Years For $300K Hotel Scam

One of two Wu-Tang Clan imposters was sentenced to 7 years in prison.

A Florida man, who pleaded guilty last year of committing wire fraud while pretending to be a member of the Wu-Tang Clan and Jay-Z’s Roc Nation company, has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison. Twenty-nine-year-old Aaron Barnes-Burpo of Crestview, Florida, received the sentence last Monday, March 15, according to David Estes, the acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. He will also have to pay nearly US$300,000 to 19 businesses he defrauded

His co-conspirator, 52-year-old Walker Washington, is still awaiting sentencing in the matter. Barnes-Burpo was caught after staff at a Fairfield Inn and Suites in Augusta, Georgia, picked up on some discrepancies and notified the authorities. He claimed to be a representative of Roc Nation and tried to book 10 rooms. He also tried to have US$2,500 credit applied to a king suite supposedly for an artist and his entourage.

He also requested that the hotel staff not charge the credit card he gave as he wanted to pay using a certified cheque. He used an email address resembling Roc Nation to try and make his claim seem more legit. However, the hotel director of sales noticed that someone using the same address tried to book rooms weeks before. Following a call to a legal representative at Roc Nation, it was confirmed that it was a scam. A representative at Roc Nation also confirmed that at least four hotels had called with similar queries.

He was eventually caught red-handed by special agents at the same hotel. After a search of Barnes-Burpo’s vehicle, they found keys from hotels from across the country and a paper with credit card numbers written on it. According to Acting U.S. Attorney Estes: “For several weeks, these men defrauded multiple businesses by posing as famous musical artists and their retinue.”

Other reports indicate that the men walked out on two tabs worth $45,000 and $39,000 at Georgian Terrace Hotel and Hyatt Regency in Atlanta. Barnes-Burpo will also have to serve three years of supervised release after finishing his prison term.

Darius Rucker – My Masterpiece Lyrics

[Verse 1]
I was born with a heart with a beat like a rolling stone
Never did I realize where I was supposed to belong
I never knew what I was meant to do
I never made sense to me 'til I made sense to you

[Chorus]
I never had a silver spoon
I didn't grow up in a castle
I never walked on the moon
I'll never paint a Sistine Chapel
I can't play piano like Ray Charles
But, baby, when my life is through
I hope thеy say my masterpiece is lovin' you
Yеah, lovin' you, babe
Lovin' you, babe

[Verse 2]
Girl, I swear your hazel eyes are making me feel
Like Picasso never had that color in his wheel
If I wrote the song, your name would be Georgia
And you'd be on my mind
Like a starry night, our love will stand the test of time

[Chorus]
I never had a silver spoon
I didn't grow up in a castle
I never walked on the moon

I'll never paint a Sistine Chapel
I can't play piano like Ray Charles
But, baby, when my life is through
I hope they say my masterpiece is lovin' you
Yeah, lovin' you, babe
Lovin' you, darlin'
[Bridge]
So get a little closer, baby
I wanna take my time, wanna take all night
So get a little closer, darlin'
Wanna keep on workin' 'til I get it right

[Chorus]
I never had a silver spoon
I didn't grow up in a castle
I never walked on the moon
I'll never paint a Sistine Chapel
I can't play piano like Ray Charles
But, baby, when my life is through
I hope they say my masterpiece is lovin' you
Lovin' you, baby, yeah
Lovin' you, darlin'
Lovin' you, babe
Lovin' you, I hope they say it all the time now
Oh, baby, I'm lovin' you
Lovin' you, babe

T.I. & Tiny Harris Responds To Serious Accusations Of Abuse & Lawsuit

Atlanta Rapper T.I. and his wife are facing heat after more than 30 victims have come forward to ask for a criminal investigation into claims of forced drugging, kidnapping, rape, and intimidation.

The rapper and movie star, whose real name is Clifford Harris, along with his wife Tameka “Tiny” Harris, have denied the allegations, which were first made in January. None of the victims have filed a lawsuit against the pair, although at one point, Celebrity attorney Lisa Bloom said she was representing a number of victims who hired her. Additionally, no criminal investigation has been instituted, although some persons, including former friend Sabrina Peterson who brought the allegations to light, have publicly called on the authorities to launch a criminal investigation.

Another Attorney-at-Law, Tyrone A. Blackburn, says he has asked the police on behalf of at least eight alleged victims who claim the couple or members of their entourage violated them, the New York Times reported.

In a news conference, the attorney said the majority of the incidents occurred in Atlanta and dated back to 2007. According to the lawyer, the allegations from the women range from claiming that they had been drugged and sexually assaulted by the couple, and one of them also alleged that a security guard working for the couple had kidnapped her at gunpoint and eventually sexually assaulted her after driving her to the woods.

In addition, the attorney referred to the victims as more than “[30] women, survivors and witnesses”, who all share similar accusations of “forced drugging, kidnapping, rape and intimidation.”

The attorney also said many of the allegations go back to as much as 30 years ago and are what he calls “eerily consistent.” There are also specific allegations against T.I.’s wife, Tiny Harris. The victims say they were “coerced by Tiny to ingest drugs” or that they were “unknowingly administered drugs to impair the victims’ ability to consent to ‘sexual acts.”

The attorney says he has since sent letters to Georgia’s Attorney General and the Authorities in California for criminal investigations to be launched into the allegations. He says the basis of the requests falls under several laws, including the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) and Georgia’s Rape, Kidnapping, RICO, and Terroristic Threats Statutes. The statutory minimum sentence under this act is 25 years, and the maximum sentence on conviction is either the death penalty or life in prison without parole.

As the story unfolds, five victims also spoke to the New York Times say they were drugged or sexually assaulted by the couple or by others who are in their close circle.

Meanwhile, Steve Sadow, the Attorney-at-Law representing the couple, has put out a statement from them which denies the allegations.

“Clifford (T.I.) and Tameka Harris deny in the strongest possible terms these unsubstantiated and baseless allegations. We are confident that if these claims are thoroughly and fairly investigated, no charges will be forthcoming. These allegations are nothing more than the continuation of a sordid shakedown campaign that began on social media. The Harrises [sic] implore everyone not to be taken in by these obvious attempts to manipulate the press and misuse the justice system.”

The reference to a shakedown campaign is directed at Sabrina Peterson, who had initially alleged that the rapper had put a gun to her head and had threatened to kill her. She says she is now being harassed by the couple who are smearing her name, and she has now filed a lawsuit for defamation.

According to the claim, Peterson says the statements made by T.I. and his wife, including social media posts, have damaged her good reputation. According to her, the couple has been harassing her since she made the disclosure to the public about the gun incident in which she says she had gotten into an altercation with the rapper’s assistant, and that was when T.I. pointed his gun at her head and said: “B**ch I’ll kill you.”

Peterson says Tiny has exposed the identity of her son to her millions of followers, and this poses a danger to the child.

She also says T.I. caused her reputation to suffer damage when he mentioned her in an 8-minute response he had posted to social media in which he asserted him and his wife’s innocence and bashed Peterson for harassing his family, and referred to her actions as “evil at play,” which has led to threatening messages on Instagram and harassment from his followers.

Her lawsuit made claims of infliction of emotional distress in addition to the defamation claim. The celebrity couple turned community advocates are yet to reply to Peterson’s case.