Those who protested against the resumption of flights between Georgia and the Russian Federation, the head of the Kremlin called “crazy”.
Mass protests in Georgia in response to direct flights and the introduction of a visa-free regime in Russia took Russian President Vladimir Putin by complete surprise. This was reported by the Russian media on Saturday, May 27.
The Kremlin leader said he expected a word of thanks from the Georgian people, and the Georgians’ reaction came as a complete surprise to him.
“I always try to share everything positive that happens between my colleagues, but in this case, it was really my decision and even my proposal,” Putin said.
He mentioned that the decision was due to several circumstances.
“During the holiday season, I want to support people who are trying to build normal relations with Russia in Georgia itself, well, our business … the reaction that followed was a complete surprise for me. I thought everyone would say: “Thank you, good. No, a completely incomprehensible storm arose there on this issue. It was very strange, frankly, unexpected. When I look to the side, I think that I have completely lost consciousness, what is happening there is incomprehensible,” said the President of Russia.
Putin noted that the Georgian leadership has repeatedly raised the question of visa waiver and the resumption of air travel, and he decided to take “this step forward.”
It will be recalled that on May 10, Putin signed a decree allowing Georgian citizens to visit Russia without issuing a visa for up to 90 days. In addition, he lifted the ban on flights by Russian airlines and the sale of tours to Georgia.
On May 19, the first plane from Russia since 2019 arrived in Georgia. The flight from Moscow was met with a huge protest. Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili also opposed the resumption of air traffic with the Russian Federation.
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