February 15, 2018  |  Updated May 22, 2018

Manipulations About the West Allegedly Offering Georgia NATO Membership Excluding Occupied Territories

By Dali Kurdadze

The report “NATO Membership for Georgia: In U.S. and European Interest” released by the Heritage Foundation’s Center for Foreign Policy on January 29 prompted pro-Kremlin media, politicians and civil society organizations to respond with spreading manipulative narratives. One of the most widespread opinions promoted by them was that the West was allegedly trying to make Georgia give up Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region in exchange for NATO membership.

Manipulations were disseminated by a number of Georgian media outlets, among them SakinformiGeorgia and the World, and Obieqtivi TV. Sputnik Georgia released an article with a misleading title“NATO membership at the expense of territories? The Heritage Foundation’s report was assessed in Georgia.” Jondi Bagaturia, leader of the Georgian Troupe party, wrote on his Facebook page on February 9 that the U.S. Embassy officially offered the Georgian government NATO membership excluding Abkhazia and Samachablo. Bagaturia’s Facebook post was reposted by news agencies The Georgian Times and Geomediapress.ge.

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