Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was surprised by the reaction of the Georgian authorities to the abolition of visas. According to him, he thought that “everyone would say, well, thank you, good.”
“No, there’s some kind of completely incomprehensible storm on this issue,” the president complained, wondering: “are you completely crazy or something?”
Putin admitted that he made such a decision, including on the basis of the approaching holiday season. According to the head of state, he wanted to support people who seek to build normal relations with Russia in Georgia itself, as well as Russian businesses and ordinary citizens.
Recall that on May 10, Vladimir Putin canceled the visa regime with Georgia and lifted the ban for Russian airlines on direct flights to the republic. Already on May 19, the first flight from Moscow after a four-year break landed at Tbilisi airport. On that day, opponents of this decision gathered near the Tbilisi airport, during the action, law enforcement officers detained six people.
According to Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili, Moscow’s decision is a provocation, and the resumption of air traffic caused her indignation.
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