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Zurabishvili calls EU enlargement existential issue for Georgia

Zurabishvili calls EU enlargement existential issue for Georgia Salome Zurabishvili, President of Georgia (photo: Getty Images)

Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili has called the enlargement of the European Union an existential issue for Tbilisi.

"For us, the enlargement of the European Union is an existential issue. It is not a procedural issue or a matter of preference. There is no choice. Enlargement is also an existential issue for the EU," Zurabishvili said on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.

According to the Georgian president, today Russia is not only waging war in Ukraine, but also threatens European countries with cyberattacks, hybrid warfare, and wants to start a satellite war that will jeopardize communication and logistics of European countries.

"We need to do more inside the country, I'm talking about Georgia, to accelerate reforms, but nothing will change the fact that we all have no alternative but to stand together, to be united, to be more democratic and to confront together the alliance of autocracy that feeds terrorism, cyber attacks - all threats that come from the same direction," she added.

Georgia's accession to the EU

Last November, the European Commission announced that Georgia would be granted candidate status for EU membership, but under certain conditions.

However, Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili expressed confidence that Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova would become members of the European Union at the same time.