The visa regime between Russia and Georgia may be quite abolished, if Georgia will conduct an adequate foreign policy and to balance their relations with the United States, the European Union and Russia, said the head of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Alexei Pushkov.
MOSCOW, 23 Dec. Russia may cancel visa regime with Georgia if Tbilisi will conduct a balanced foreign policy, the head of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Alexei Pushkov.
Now Russians can visit Georgia without visas, but citizens of the Republic must obtain a visa to visit Russia. The Russian foreign Ministry on Tuesday said that Russia from December 23 to facilitate the obtaining of visas for citizens of Georgia. Russian Deputy foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said that the obstacle to the restoration of visa-free regime is the absence of diplomatic relations, and security issues in connection with the increased threat of terrorism.
“I assume that the visa regime may be abolished in case if Georgia will conduct an adequate foreign policy, and will balance its relations with the USA, EU and Russia, instead of to accompany all anti-Russian tendencies”, — said Pushkov at a press conference in MIA “Russia today”.
According to Pushkov, Russia has repeatedly made clear to Georgia that Moscow is ready to improve negotiations.
“Georgia’s continued interest in the normalization, I think relations with Russia. In Georgia there are still anti-Russian policy. It is most often in the public space are noticeable in such organizations as the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, for example, where the Georgian delegation, particularly the representatives of Saakashvili’s party, which continues to operate, they are super radical position towards Russia, require airtight resolutions,” he said.
He said that “sometimes these recurrences of this anti-Russian hysteria, the media are very often the representatives of Georgia, naturally, it affects…. the position of the Georgian leadership”.
“If in Georgia there will be a consolidation of the political forces that stand for normalization of relations with Russia, and these anti-Russian components will be minimized, and there are prerequisites for this… I assume that the future will be good for our relations”, — said Pushkov.