Putin bans flights to Georgia and orders Russians to return to homeland
He advised tour operators not to sell vouchers to a Transcaucasian country.
Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a decree banning Russian airlines traveling to Georgia and providing for the early return of Russian tourists to their homeland. He advised tour operators not to sell vouchers to a Transcaucasian country. The ban on flights will come into effect on July 8, it follows from a document published on the Kremlin website.
The decree was issued to ensure the national security of Russia and its citizens after the anti-Russian rally in Tbilisi and the expulsion of the Russian delegation from the Georgian capital, led by State Duma deputy, President of the International Assembly of Orthodoxy Sergey Gavrilov. After the Russians left for the airport, the protesters came to the parliament building and demanded the resignation of its chairman, as well as the heads of the Interior Ministry and the State Security Service.
On June 20, a man died in the riots, 240 civilians and 80 police officers were injured. The police launched a criminal case and detained about 300 protesters. However, the protesters achieved the resignation of Speaker Irakli Kobakhidze, and on June 21 they resumed the protest rally demanding the dismissal of Interior Minister Georgy Gakharia.