The United States stressed that now is not the time to strengthen cooperation with Russia and vowed to take further action against Georgia if necessary.
The US State Department has warned Georgia of possible “additional measures” due to the resumption of flights with Russia. The corresponding statement was made on Tuesday by Deputy Press Secretary of the US State Department Vedant Patel, reports Ukrinform.
“If there are direct flights between Russia and Georgia, this will cause increased concern not only on the part of the United States and other Western countries, but also on the part of companies that may operate in Georgian airport,” a State Department spokesman said. .
According to him, it is, first of all, about maintaining the aircraft of Georgian companies, which will be transferred to other countries.
“The entire Western community has distanced itself from the Russian Federation, and we believe that now is not the time to strengthen cooperation with Russia,” Patel said.
He recalled that the United States had clearly expressed concern over the matter.
“We have made it very clear that we have also taken steps to prevent Russian aircraft from entering our airspace, as many Western countries have done. Therefore, we will continue to monitor the situation closely,” said Patel, and added that further steps will be taken. taken as needed.
As you know, on May 10, the President of Russia Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the abolition of the visa regime for Georgian citizens from May 15. He also lifted the ban on flights of Russian airlines and the sale of tours in Georgia.
Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili called the decisions made by Russia another provocation. However, the government and the ruling party Georgian Dream – Democratic Georgia welcomed the decision.
Georgia allowed the first airline to resume flights from Russia
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