Georgia may revise visa-free regime with Russia due to the influx of Russians
The President of Georgia said that the influx of Russians into the country has recently become a challenge.Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili allowed a revision of the visa-free regime with Russia due to the influx of Russians into the country, which began after the invasion of Ukraine, as well as the announcement of partial mobilization in September.
This is reported by the Novosti-Georgia information portal.
“It is possible that we will have to revise the visa regime, which in today's conditions is enough liberal and may be less acceptable in the face of this aggression. All this should be decided by the government together with society,” Zurabishvili said.
According to Georgian legislation, Russian citizens can visit Georgia without visas and stay in the country for up to a year. However, Georgian citizens can only visit Russia with visas.
She also added that the influx of Russians into the country has recently become a challenge.
“The main thing is for the public to be sure that all control mechanisms are involved, there is no danger. For this, I think, more communication is needed, more information is needed for our society, so that in all respects all possible threats and all possible issues are actually considered by the state, so that all measures,” Zurabishvili said.
Part of the Georgian opposition believes that this situation poses a threat to the country and requires the introduction of a visa regime with the Russian Federation.
The flight of Russians abroad after the start mobilization
After September 21, Vladimir Putin announced the start of mobilization in Russia, Russian men began to flee, storming the borders of neighboring countries.
NSDC Secretary Alexei Danilov said that more Russians of draft age fled abroad from Russia than they were able to mobilize in the Armed Forces.
America Enterprise Institute permanent employee Elizabeth Brow believes that
Georgian singer Nino Katamadze said she does not support the Russians< /strong>, who began to flee from the mobilization to her native Georgia.