Friday, 13 June: The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, is in Tbilisi on a visit aimed at expressing European support for Georgia ahead of it signing an Association Agreement with the EU on June 27.
President Barroso dismissed speculation that Russia may put pressure on Georgia ahead of the signing. "We have to be firm in the respect of sovereign right of any country to decide its own future", he said, adding that "Georgia has made a choice and we are here to support the choice of Georgia."
The meeting in Krakow between the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan did not lead to a breakthrough, and none was expected. But there appears to be a change of gear in the negotiations, says Dennis Sammut in this week's Monday Commentary