The opening of direct air flights and the abolition of the visa regime with Georgia will most likely lead to an increase in the number of Georgian citizens visiting Russia, rather than vice versa, the head of the Alliance of Patriots of Georgia party, Georgy Lomia, is sure. First of all, planes: what will the thaw in relations between Russia and Georgia lead to On May 19, air traffic will resume between the countries
“There were no big problems with the trips of Russian citizens to Georgia before – people flew in through Armenia, drove through Vladikavkaz by car. We (in Georgia. – Ed.) did not have visas with you, it was you with us. The abolition of visas is more likely to give an impetus to the flow from Georgia to Russia, rather than vice versa. Now it will just be more comfortable to fly from Russia, but I don’t think that this will significantly increase the flow, ”Lomiya said in an interview with Izvestia.
On May 10, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed decrees abolishing the visa regime for Georgian citizens and restoring direct flights between the two countries.
The decision was ambiguously perceived in the political circles of Georgia. In particular, the opposition demanded not to agree with Moscow’s decision and to close the Georgian skies for Russian aircraft. Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili even suggested introducing visas for Russians to visit Georgia.
On May 19, the first direct flight from Moscow landed in Tbilisi. Local activists met him with protests.
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