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Georgia spent over 2,5 million dollars on American lobbyists –media2011-01-24 14:52
Georgian media report huge sums spent by the country's authorities in favour of American lobbyist groups.gt-en-newsitem-inside
According to VZGLYAD, the Kviris Palitra publication reported that the Georgian authorities paid over 2,5 million dollars to various US lobbyist companies.
The major part of the sum is reported to be received by three American companies - The Podesta Group, The Iftaca Group and Gephardt Group. Besides, according to the publication, it was The Podesta Group's efforts that helped arrange the recent meeting of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili with head of American state Barack Obama.
Let us remind you that Mikheil Saakashvili met with Obama in the context of commemorative events dedicated to last respects for the late American politician Richard Holbrooke. As was reported earlier, the resumption of American weapons supply to Georgia could have become the subject of negotiations between the heads of states.
As was stated by Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia Nino Kalandadze during negotiations of the presidents of Georgia and U.S. Mikheil Saakashvili and Barack Obama, the issue of arms supply was not raised. "The president of Georgia raised those issues that are considered in the context of the Cooperation Charter.
Naturally, these issues primarily include economic and trade relationship, as well as safety issues and Georgia's active involvement (in the peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan)", - Kalandadze underlined.
Before that, Pentagon's spokeswoman Wendy Snyder underlined that presently, the United States are not going to resume arms sale to Georgia.
"Reports on the USA's arms sale to Georgia via third countries do not at all correspond to facts", - she said, having added that such issues are handled by the country's state department.