Ex-Soviet Georgia urges EU progress, despite Russian pressure

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TBILISI: Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has warned European Union leaders against letting Russian aggression in Ukraine undermine the bloc’s project of building closer links with ex-Soviet nations. Speaking ahead of a key Eastern Partnership summit in Riga that starts on Thursday, Margvelashvili insisted Russia’s opposition should not scare Europe off closer ties with the former Communist states. “Top EU [European Union] leaders gave me clear assurances that there is no informal Russian veto on Georgia’s free choice to be part of Europe,” Margvelashvili told Agence France-Presse in an interview on Tuesday.

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