Tbilisi. The Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) publishes a blog post: Russian propaganda and COVID-19 - Should Georgia expand trade relations with Russia or not? The blog post serves as a response to an article by Beso Barbakadze, a journalist: “Vital artery of Georgia passes through Russia”. There is stated in the article that on the background of the crisis, occurred due to the Coronavirus, European countries will no longer be able to supply Georgia with the products they used to export until now, and that it is, therefore, important for Georgia to start negotiations with the Russian Federation in regard to expansion of trade relations.
“The current situation, as well as past experience, shows that there is a necessity not in enhancement of trade relations directly with Russia and thus in increase of dependence on it, but in diversification of both import and export, so as to make sure that economic stability of the state does not depend on processes ongoing in any other country or it does not become a tool in hands of authorities of another country”.