For Georgia, Riga Summit Means One Step Forward and Three Quarters of a Step Back

Lincoln A. Mitchell

Lincoln A. Mitchell

A US perspective on what Riga was all about

The EU ENM summit in Riga was again frustrating for Georgia. It did not lead to any major breakthroughs for Tbilisi, such as a firm commitment to visa liberalization, but the EU continued to express support for Georgia.  The latest platitude from Riga was a statement from the summit that “participants reaffirm the Eastern Partnership objective to develop strengthened, differentiated relations between the EU and its six sovereign, independent partners. The scope and depth of cooperation are deter...

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