Germany Is Holding Back a Georgian General From Defending Ukraine

Legal puzzle with direct defense consequences

24 February 2022

Pavel Havlíček

Marcin Król Fellow

Germany and CEE countries clash on their opinion on Eastern Europe.

While the decision of the German Government to withdraw the licence for the gas project of Nord Stream 2 was widely welcomed, its limited support for Ukraine symbolised by the 5,000 helmets was not, especially in central and eastern Europe that has invested massively in building up Ukraine’s resilience towards Russian aggression in the past. However, another one of the decisions of the German Government and courts towards a Georgian general has been met with raised eyebrows and widespread confusion.

This was the detaining and putting under house arrest of a Georgian general — war hero of the Russo-Georgian war of 2008 and former chief-of-staff — Georgii Kalandadze. Now a citizen of Ukraine, who the German authorities detained while visiting his daughter in December after he travelled across Europe from Hungary. 

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Pavel Havlíček

Marcin Król Fellow

Marcin Król Fellow at Visegrad Insight. Research Fellow of Association for International Affairs (AMO) Research Centre. His research focus is on Eastern Europe, especially Ukraine and Russia, and the Eastern Partnership.

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