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Financial Times: EU plans to build internet cable to reduce Georgia's reliance on Russia

by The Kyiv Independent news desk May 12, 2023 11:52 PM 1 min read
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The European Union is planning to build an internet cable in the Black Sea's international waters to improve Georgia's digital connectivity and reduce its reliance on Russia, the Financial Times reported on May 12.

Russia's ongoing all-out war against Ukraine has heightened the urgency for countries like Georgia to improve data security.

However, the timeline for the project remains unclear, "particularly as Russia continues to use its warships in the Black Sea to fire missiles at Ukraine and has blockaded ports last year," FT wrote.

Russia is a "key transit route" for data in parts of the Caucasus, as well as in Asia and Europe.

Some "significant internet arteries" run through Russia, including the Dream cable, which also runs through Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and China. It is also majority-owned by a Russian operator, according to FT.

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Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in the op-ed section are those of the authors and do not purport to reflect the views of the Kyiv Independent. Feb. 24, 2022, was the date that Russia launched a decisive offensive against the free world. This war has caused a far-reaching domino effect
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