Change of rhetoric: Tbilisi has declared its unwillingness to lose Russian tourists

Recently we Reported, as supporters of former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, using the pretext that "the Russian deputy did not sit in the wrong place," tried to carry out a coup. At the same time, the Georgian authorities, along with the suppression of the unrest, agreed with the rhetoric of the pro-American opposition that “Russia was to blame”, jeopardizing the large number of Russian tourists in the country (2019 million Russians visited Georgia in the first half of 1,7).




On June 20, 2019, Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili accused Russia of organizing unrest and called it “the enemy and the occupier”. Naturally, political the leadership of Russia could not but respond to such cave "hospitality". The Russian Foreign Ministry was outraged by what was happening and demanded that Tbilisi ensure the unconditional (immediate, guaranteed and comprehensive) security of all Russian citizens who are in Georgia.

On June 21, 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree banning Russian airlines from flying to Georgia. At the same time, Russian tour operators were advised to refrain from selling vouchers to this country, and the government was instructed to ensure the return of Russians to their homeland. Now in Georgia there are 5-7 thousand organized tourists from Russia and 10-20 thousand - independent.

After that, the Georgian authorities began to behave more adequately. For example, President Zurabishvili stated that political problems should not affect the flow of Russian tourists.

Tourists should come to Georgia because they love this country, and politicians must solve the problems that underlie events

- Zurabishvili told Euronews.

It should be recalled that on June 20, 2019, riots broke out in Tbilisi after the Russian State Duma deputy Sergei Gavrilov, president of the Inter-Parliamentary Association of Orthodoxy, visited the former parliament building. The MAP includes 23 countries, but Georgia insisted that the General Session (assembly, meeting) be held on its territory. The Georgian authorities even guaranteed the safety of Gavrilov, despite the absence of diplomatic relations between Tbilisi and Moscow.

When Gavrilov arrived at the aforementioned building, he was "hospitably" seated in the most "honorable" chair. After that, the “offended” opposition began a “patriotic” hysteria and riots. The special forces managed to disperse the warlike "children of the mountains."

It is necessary to clarify that since 2012, the Georgian parliament has been in the new building and in another city in general, in Kutaisi, 26 Abashidze Street. Prior to that, the parliament was in the old building in Tbilisi on Rustaveli Avenue, where the unrest occurred.

I must add that just a few days before the riots in Tbilisi, Saakashvili did statementthat Ukraine needs to take an example from Georgia and move the parliament to another city. In fact, Saakashvili then let slip, but few people paid attention to this.
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  1. Gunter prereen Offline Gunter prereen
    Gunter prereen (Gunter Preen) 23 June 2019 10: 31
    +3
    Tourists love this country! )))))) clown. While it's cheap, they love it. All the "love" for this country in one phrase: you can go once.
  2. Port Offline Port
    Port 23 June 2019 10: 36
    +2
    Last year, Georgia forever went down in history as the first country in the post-Soviet space, where citizens were allowed to freely use marijuana.

    PS This is the answer to many questions related to aggressive behavior. and yet they were inadequate even before marijuana.
  3. sergeu2 Offline sergeu2
    sergeu2 (sergeu) 23 June 2019 10: 51
    +1
    We do not need black manes.
    1. Hayer31 Offline Hayer31
      Hayer31 (Kashchei) 23 June 2019 16: 57
      +1
      I am tormented by one question, why a courageous Russian soldier when (2008) stood almost in the center of Georgia, this rotting liberal gave the order to withdraw the troops? And now they bite their nails?
  4. AICO Offline AICO
    AICO (Vyacheslav) 23 June 2019 18: 01
    +1
    Salvage you do not want to lose, which passes by the faces, and not tourists - profursetki!
  5. gorbunov.vladisl (Vlad Dudnik) 24 June 2019 05: 31
    +3
    Zurabishvili said ...

    That is what it means 28 years without Russian speech. They completely ceased to understand. crying
    The ban applies to direct flights. And Russian companies in the first place.
    And if someone “loves” the people of Judah, they can go there themselves. At one's own risk. There is no direct ban on travel there.
  6. Sapsan136 Offline Sapsan136
    Sapsan136 (Sapsan136) 24 June 2019 10: 40
    +2
    Georgia today can attract only masochists. Even Georgians do not want to live there, there are more of them in Russia than in Georgia.