Abashidze hopes for a speedy abolition by Russia of visas for citizens of Georgia

Abashidze hopes for a speedy abolition by Russia of visas for citizens of Georgia


Russia introduced a visa regime with Georgia in December 2000 because of the threat of falling into its territory of terrorists from the Pankisi gorge. Subsequently, however, Moscow has significantly liberalized the procedure for issuing visas to Georgian citizens.

TBILISI, 17 Dec –. The Georgian authorities hope that Russia in the near future will abolish the visa regime for Georgian citizens, said the Agency Sputnik, the special envoy of the Georgian Premier on settlement of relations with Russia Zurab Abashidze.

Now Russians can visit Georgia without visas, but citizens of the Republic must obtain a visa to visit Russia. President Vladimir Putin’s big annual press conference on Thursday said that Moscow is ready to cancel visa regime with Georgia.

“This is the right step in the right direction… When it’s working, I just can not say, but I hope that in the near future”, — said Abashidze.

Russia introduced a visa regime with Georgia in December 2000 because of the threat of falling into its territory of terrorists from the Pankisi gorge. Subsequently, however, Moscow has significantly liberalized the procedure for issuing visas to Georgian citizens. Georgia abolished the visa regime for visiting the country of Russian citizens on 29 February 2012.

Georgia broke off diplomatic relations with Russia in response to Moscow’s recognition of independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in August 2008 after the armed aggression of Tbilisi against Tskhinvali. Representatives of the new Georgian government that came to power after the elections in October 2012, was named one of the top priorities of foreign policy normalization of relations with Russia.