US sanctions against the Georgian leadership are insulting and do not conform to the spirit of partnership between the two countries, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Kobakhidze said, Report informs referring to TASS.

“I would like to note once again that the sanctions are absurd. That’s number one. Though along with being absurd, the sanctions are insulting to our country and our people. This is also out of line with the spirit of partnership. Accordingly, I hope that eventually everything will be reconsidered,” Kobakhidze told Georgian journalists on the margins of the Ukraine Recovery Conference in Berlin.

According to Kobakhidze, it is in Georgia’s interests that relations with the United States and the European Union “deepen as much as possible.” He also expects to see steps to meet from both American and European partners. “This would be the right attitude towards the Georgian people and state,” the prime minister added, urging Western partners to “pragmatic steps.”

On May 14, the Georgian Parliament passed the law On the Transparency of Foreign Influence in the third reading, thus drawing sharp criticism from the European Union coupled with threats to suspend the country’s EU integration. US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs James O’Brien said that the United States would impose sanctions on the Georgian government, if democracy was undermined in Georgia. President Salome Zourabichvili vetoed the law on May 18. The parliament overrode the presidential veto.