On Monday, European Union Ambassador to Georgia Pawel Gerczynski handed over a demarche to Georgian Deputy Prime Minister and Head of the Ministry of Economy Levan Davitashvili in connection with the resumption of direct flights between Tbilisi and Moscow.
This was reported by Interpressnews.
Along with Gerchinsky, ambassadors of all 27 EU countries met with the Georgian Vice Prime Minister.
"We told him (Davitashvili - ed.) that we regret the decision of the Georgian government to resume direct flights with Russia. We told him that this decision contradicts the unanimous decision of all 27 EU members not to operate direct flights to and from Russia and not to allow Russian aircraft to fly over the territory of EU member states," the ambassador told reporters.
He emphasized that although the decision to resume flights was made by Russia, it also required the consent of the Georgian government.
"We have also expressed our concern that this decision contradicts our determination to isolate Russia and to put pressure on Russia to change its actions regarding the brutal, aggressive war it is still waging in Ukraine," the European diplomat said.
The Georgian Deputy Prime Minister, in turn, said that he had assured European ambassadors that companies under EU sanctions would not operate flights and that all arriving Russians would be thoroughly checked.
Author - Olena Madiak, 29/05/2023