He also spoke out against the opening of a criminal case against journalist Georgy Gabuniya who had insulted him.
“I wouldn’t do it (impose sanctions on Georgia, – ed.) Out of respect for the Georgian people, who never enough blurted out … It’s a lot of honor to initiate criminal proceedings. Let them broadcast on,” the head of the Russian Federation said.
Earlier, the director general of the Georgian TV channel Rustavi 2, Nika Gvaramiya, said that the journalist Gabunia, who had insulted the Russian president in the air, would not be dismissed. The channel management considers the incident unacceptable, in connection with which Gabunia was suspended for two months from the air, but after the deadline the journalist will return to work.
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We emphasize that the Georgian authorities condemned the leading statement. President Salome Zurabishvili considered the speech of the journalist "against the country," and Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze called his behavior a provocation.