Giorgi Kvirikashvili has resigned as prime minister of Georgia. In a press briefing at the State Chancellary in Tbilisi on Wednesday (13 June), Kvirikashvili cited differences on economic policy with the leaderhip of his party - the Georgian Dream, as the reason.
Reports from various sources in Georgia say that the prime minister was criticised for the economic performance of the government at a meeting of the leadership of the Georgian Dream party held yesterday under the chairmanship of Bidhzina Ivanishvili.
photo: Giorgi Kvirikashvili announcing his resignation as prime minister of Georgia on 13 June 2018 (screen grab from Rustavi 2 TV).
Earlier in the day Putin made a shorty private visit to Austria, where he attended the wedding of the Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneisl, and held what was described by the Kremlin as "a brief conversation" with the Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz.
Addressing Armenia's foreign policy Nikol Pashinyan said he wanted a qualitative improvement in the relations with Russia and to improve relations with the EU. To those who are saying Armenia is going to the west, Pashinyan said, "Armenia is going nowhere. It is just standing on its feet"