“EWe hope that President [georgiana] veto the law”, said the spokesperson for the North American Presidency, Karine Jean-Pierre, to the media.

It is still “not clear whether parliament [georgiano] will try to override a possible veto, we will see what he does, but this law will essentially force us to reevaluate our relationship with Georgia”, he noted.

“We have frankly communicated our concerns regarding this legislation, which is contrary to democratic values ​​and which would further distance Georgia from the values ​​of the European Union, not to mention NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Western defense bloc) “, he added.

Hours earlier, a US diplomat spokesman had urged Georgia to “change course”.

The United States supports Georgia’s aspiration to join the European Union, but initiatives “like this legislation are incompatible with that express goal,” Vedant Patel said.

“We would like to continue to deepen the cooperation we have with Georgia, and there is still time to work together,” the State Department spokesperson added.

Georgian deputies today adopted, in third and final reading, a controversial diploma on “foreign influence”, inspired by a Russian law to repress opposition, despite demonstrations against the text.

The law requires any non-governmental organization (NGO) or media outlet that receives more than 20% of its funding from abroad to register as an “organization that pursues the interests of a foreign power.”

The Georgian Government insists that its aim is simply to force organizations to be more “transparent” about their funding.

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