"Yesterday, on one of the party's TV channels, the public saw and heard the gross falsification of illegal recordings of 2010-2011. The released fake conversations consist of words and phrases taken from dozens of recordingss, at least for several months," reads a statement issued by the ruling Georgian Dream - Democratic Georgia party.
The party said that the fake recordings' production took a long time; they were carefully edited and kept until "the right moment".
"It is a crude fabrication of illegal recordings made by the Constitutional Security Department during the rule of the United National Movement (before Bidzina Ivanishvili came into politics), between two private individuals: on the one hand, Irakli Garibashvili, President of the Kartu charity foundation, and on the other hand, the underage Bera Ivanishvili.
With such a manifestation of despair, they destroy themselves even more since using such methods by the Soviet KGB is immoral and unacceptable in the civilized world.
Illegal wiretapping, storage of wiretapping, editing-fabrication, use of recordings, violence, murder are the handwriting of the National Movement.
Georgian Dream and its leaders did not use such methods either before or after entering politics.
Two days ago, the OSCE/ODIHR published an overly optimistic assessment of the 2020 parliamentary elections. At the same time, the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, assumed the role of a mediator, which, naturally, should have become a guarantee of de-escalation of the process and the continuation of negotiations in a constructive manner.
It seems that these factors and the purpose of the breakdown of the negotiations led to the publication of the fake tapes. The radical opposition wants to use these recordings as an excuse to refuse to negotiate. We also see their new campaign lacking perspective for one simple reason - it's based on phony.
Despite these actions, we are ready to continue the dialogue to which our international partners are also calling," the statement says.