Swalwell Returns From Official Visits to Vienna, Austria and Tbilisi, Georgia

February 23, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15), ranking member of the CIA Subcommittee for the House Intelligence Committee, returned Friday from a trip focused on oversight of the Iran nuclear deal and on Russian aggression toward Georgia, NATO and the West.

In Vienna, Austria, Swalwell was briefed by the U.S. Mission – America’s liaison to Vienna-based international organizations including the International Atomic Energy Agency – on the status of the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, with which Iran remains compliant. 

“The world is safer with Iran not having a nuclear weapon. I’ll continue to go wherever necessary to review evidence and ensure oversight of this multi-nation deal,” Swalwell said. 

In Tbilisi, Georgia, Swalwell met with the director of Georgia’s intelligence services regarding Russian aggression toward Georgia, other nations in the region, and the world. He visited the administrative boundary between Georgia and South Ossetia, a Georgian area which Russia occupies in violation of the ceasefire agreement that halted the Russo-Georgian War of 2008.

“I stood at the foot of a bridge into the occupied area where Russian-built fencing and barbed wire separates Georgians from Georgians,” Swalwell said. “Russia has turned the area into a forward operating base for its aggression against NATO and the West. Georgians must know that America stands in solidarity with them to defend their democracy and freedom against Russian hostility.”

Swalwell’s past Intelligence Committee trips have included visits to South Korea and the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Turkey, Ukraine, and Russia.