Georgian Airways to impose $25 million fine on Russia due to flight ban

Georgian Airways to impose $25 million fine on Russia due to flight ban

The airline company believes the flight ban by the RF Ministry of Transportation that had been explained by debts of Georgian airlines is unfounded.

Georgian airline company Georgian Airways is intent to file a lawsuit with the European Court of Justice against the RF Ministry of Transportation due to a ban to fly to Russia. The suit amount is $25 million. Why this amount was chosen is not specified.

CEO Roman Bakeria says the airline company does not own anything for navigational services in front of Russia, so the company believes the flight ban by the RF Ministry of Transportation that had been explained by debts of Georgian airlines is unfounded.

Tensions between countries appeared following an incident involving a member of the State Duma Sergey Gavrilov. During the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (Gavrilov is its chairman), sat in an arm-chair of a speaker of the Georgian parliament.

On June 21, the President of Russia Vladimir Putin signed a decree restricting Russian airlines from operating passenger flights to Georgia, starting from July 8. Later, it was extended to reception of flights by Georgian carriers.

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