The Kremlin spokesman stressed
that the resumption of flights to Georgia cannot be ruled out
early now to speak about resuming flights to Georgia, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry
Peskov told reporters on Wednesday, noting that the situation would be
"The restrictions on flights, the
flight ban is an absolutely forced measure, and consequently, the situation
will be constantly monitored. As soon as the signs emerge that the situation
has normalized for Russian tourists after such Russophobic manifestations, time
will come for analyzing this and taking other decisions. Now it is early to
speak about this," Peskov said.
Kremlin spokesman stressed that the resumption of flights to Georgia cannot be
ruled out. "Certainly, we hope that sooner or later this will
happen," Peskov said, noting however that given that emotions are running
high in the Georgian society and the anti-Russian and Russophobic sentiment,
having a large number of Russian tourists in Georgia poses a great risk.
According to Peskov, it is logical
that the current anti-Russian sentiment in Georgia has caused a public outcry.
"Hideous Russophobic outbursts inevitably trigger a large-scale public
reaction," he noted.
June 20, an unrest erupted in Tbilisi sparked by an uproar over a Russian
legislator’s address in the Georgian parliament. The next day, Russian
President Vladimir Putin issued a decree imposing a temporary ban on flights,
including commercial ones, from Russia to Georgia starting July 8. Kremlin
Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the flight ban was aimed at ensuring the safety of
Russians, who might run into danger in Georgia.
Tensions soared after on July 7,
Giorgi Gabunia, the host of Georgia’s Rustavi 2 TV channel, went into a rant,
spewing forth several crude comments about the Russian authorities in his Post
Scriptum program. This escapade has drawn sharp criticism in the Georgian
society, with dozens of citizens gathering outside the opposition TV channel’s
building in the suburb of Tbilisi to voice protest over the host’s behavior.
Georgia’s authorities, including
President Salome Zurabishvili and Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze, have
condemned his tirade. Nika Gvaramia, Director General of the Rustavi 2 TV
channel, likewise criticized Gabunia for his remarks. Later, Gabunia was
suspended from work for two months.