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State Duma Deputy Dmitry Gusev: The main thing is that the majority of Georgian citizens are satisfied with Russia’s decision to abolish the visa regime


Recall that by decree of the President of Russia dated May 15, a visa-free regime for citizens of Georgia is introduced. Since May 10, the ban on direct flights with the Republic of Georgia has been lifted and the recommendation to tour operators and travel agents to refrain from selling tours to this country has been canceled.

Dmitry Gusev recalled that air traffic between the countries was halted by Russia in 2019 after the start of mass protests in Tbilisi. “They started on a far-fetched pretext after the visit of State Duma deputy Sergei Gavrilov,” the deputy noted.

The parliamentarian stressed that our country constantly seeks to establish “friendly and mutually beneficial relations with the brotherly people of Georgia”. “But the overseas manipulators, who have already plunged the Ukrainian people into a suicidal confrontation with Russia, are trying to throw new countries into hell,” the MP said. He added that they are helped in this by opponents – former members of the same party of ex-Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.

“The opposition will loudly accuse the authorities of being pro-Russian, but cannot sustain the hype for long,” Gusev said. “The majority of Georgian citizens support abolishing the visa regime and banning direct flights to Russia. Politicians know this.

He also recalled the reaction of the US State Department, which was concerned about the resumption of flights between Georgia and Russia (and the European Union even urged Georgia not to let Russian planes into his territory). Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili was also an opponent. However, the Georgian government has always demonstrated a national approach.

“But the main thing is that the majority of Georgian citizens are satisfied with the decision of the President of Russia to abolish the visa regime and restore air traffic between our countries. The peoples of Russia and Georgia are waiting for the restoration of ‘a centuries-old friendship system,’ Dmitry Gusev is sure. “They go and fly towards this moment, which will certainly come.”

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