About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 18:10 - 18 Dec.'17
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Draft U.S. Budget Bans Aid to Governments Recognizing Abkhazia, S.Ossetia Independence
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 4 May.'17 / 17:50

The United States House of Representatives draft of the Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2017 prohibits American aid to the governments that have recognized independence of the Russian-occupied Georgian territories of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia.

The annual Act is the appropriations legislation that defines spending by various United States federal agencies.

According to the document, “none of the funds appropriated by this Act may be made available for assistance for the central government of a country that the Secretary of State determines and reports to the Committees on Appropriations has recognized the independence of, or has established diplomatic relations with, the Russian occupied Georgian territories of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia.”

The document further stipulates that none of the funds appropriated by the Act may be made available to support the Russian occupation of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia.

In addition, the document states that the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury shall instruct the United States executive directors of international financial institutions to vote against any assistance for any of their programs (including any loan, credit, or guarantee) that violates the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia.

The Appropriations Act also envisions a report to be submitted to congressional committees by the Secretary of State no later than 90 days after enactment of the Act “on actions taken by the Russian Federation to further consolidate the occupation of the Georgian territories of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia, including the estimated annual costs of such occupation.”

The Act includes many references to Russia, mostly to the need of countering Moscow’s assertive foreign policy. Among other measures, the document stipulates that “not less than $100,000,000 shall be made available for assistance to counter Russian influence and aggression in countries in Europe and Eurasia.” These funds “shall be in addition to amounts made available for bilateral assistance for such countries.”

The document says that the funds used to assist the Eastern Partnership countries shall support implementation of these countries’ Association Agreements and trade agreements with the European Union, and “to reduce their vulnerability to external economic and political pressure from the Russian Federation.”

Latest News
18 Dec.'17 18:10
Georgia, Balarus Sign Agreement on Exchange of Classified Information
Head of the Georgian State Security Service, Vakhtang Gomelauri, is visiting Minsk.
18 Dec.'17 16:43
Georgian Citizen Killed in Syria
Giorgi Margoshvili was reportedly killed fighting against Assad forces in northern Hama province.
18 Dec.'17 15:54
MP By-Election Scheduled for April 2018
By-election will be held in the Vani and Khoni single-mandate constituency of Imereti region.   
18 Dec.'17 14:32
Two More Georgian Dream Factions to be established in Parliament
Ruling party members dismiss media reports that the reshuffle is related to internal disagreements.
17 Dec.'17 16:27
Nine MEPs Call for Vano Merabishvili’s Release
European Parliament members urge the Government of Georgia to respect the ECHR judgment.
15 Dec.'17 21:28
New Constitution to Specify Grounds for Restricting Access to Public Information
Lawmakers approved the constitutional amendments on second reading with 115 votes in favor.  
15 Dec.'17 17:57
GEL Appreciates Against USD, EUR
Georgian national currency is trading at 2.5597 against USD and at 3.0256 against EUR.
15 Dec.'17 11:58
U.S. Senator Challenges Javelin Sale to Georgia
Senator Rand Paul introduces a resolution seeking to prohibit the proposed sale.
14 Dec.'17 18:26
42nd Round of Geneva International Discussions
Disagreements between sides persist during the December 12-13 round of the Geneva talks.
14 Dec.'17 14:57
Constitutional Changes Passed with First Reading
The final reading on constitutional amendments will be held during the spring session in 2018. 

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2017, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
72