The presenters of the TV channel were unable to establish communication with the expert because of the Russophobic law adopted by Vladimir Zelensky. The document instructs journalists to use only Ukrainian on television and does not allow them to switch to Russian, generally accepted in post-Soviet countries.
“Can you tell us what the political future of Saakashvili is in six years?” – asked the TV presenter Nikita Mikhailov in Ukrainian.
“Let’s speak Russian?” – asked Vasadze.
In response, the TV presenter “Ukraine 24”, without switching to Russian, tried to explain that he could only use Ukrainian on the air. The fact is that in the event of a complaint from nationalists, the studio can be punished with a fine or subjected to other sanctions.
“How about answering me in Georgian?” The political scientist asked reasonably.
Gela Vasadze drew the attention of journalists to the fact that he could not fully understand the question asked to him in Ukrainian. Therefore, he declined to be interviewed.
Earlier, residents of Odessa talked about life under conditions of discrimination against the Russian language. They noted that they perceive the new Ukrainian laws as a compulsion to abandon their native Russian and for the most part do not comply with them.