Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood’s comments to media at the Economic Policy Research Institute essay contest award ceremony (March 30)
Q-n about the Economic Policy Research Institute essay contest winners
CDA Rood: Today’s event was part of a very exciting project in which school children all across Georgia are learning civic education through the grant that we have with the Economic Policy Research Institute. Teachers around Georgia have been learning how to teach civic education and their students have been learning about democracy, elections, and the benefits to Georgia of a free economic system and integration with Euro Atlantic alliances. I think this program is very exciting today because we gave certificates and prizes to the winners of an essay contest; 12 Georgian kids have won the essay contest and their 12 teachers have come with them.
Q-n about the expulsion of one Russian diplomat from Georgia
CDA Rood: We see that there are consequences to Russia’s destabilizing actions. Georgia has joined many other countries in holding Russia accountable for the use of a military grade nerve gas agent on a British citizen and his daughter on British territory. We welcome Georgia’s actions, which are in line with its Euro-Atlantic aspirations and the decision that has been made by 28 countries and the United States to expel some 150 Russian intelligence officials as a very strong sign of the unity and strength of the response of our partners and our allies to these actions of Russia.
Q-n about Russia’s possible reaction to the expulsion
CDA Rood: In our view, there is really no justification for a Russian response to our actions; because our actions have been motivated purely by the nerve gas attack on the United Kingdom, on the British citizen and his daughter on British soil.