Georgia and the War in Ukraine

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 5:02 pm on 24th May 2022.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Conservative, East Worthing and Shoreham 5:02 pm, 24th May 2022

I, too, should declare an interest as one of the recent visitors to Georgia—and a great and enlightening visit it was as well. During our trip, I spent some time in the main museum in Tbilisi, where there was an exhibition about the Soviet era. We often forget that Georgia has long-standing experience of the naked violence and aggression that comes from across the Russian border. While it enjoyed a few years of independence after the first world war and the break-up of the Russian and Ottoman empires, it was brutally reinvaded by the Soviets and people were mercilessly murdered in cold blood, so this is not the first time that Georgia has experienced what can come from its neighbour across the border. We often forget the lessons of history there.