The former Foreign Minister of Sweden Carl Bildt calls on the European Union to react on Russia’s “pressure on Georgia”.
Bildt, who is the co-chair of a pan-European think-tank European Council on Foreign Relations, responded to the Russia’s recent calls for boycotting tourism and trade goods with Georgia, as well as the closing of Enguri Bridge crossing-point connecting the occupied Abkhazia with the rest of the country, amid protest rallies in Tbilisi.
EU should react! Russia is seriously putting up pressure on Georgia. Air travel has been halted and import of Georgia wines stopped. Now also these serious measures. https://t.co/V2I1n51MqZ— Carl Bildt (@carlbildt) June 29, 2019
Georgian Minister for Reconciliation and Civil Equality Ketevan Tsikhelashvili also reiterated that pressures are immense beyond barbed wire fences.
2nd Day people waiting in despair for crossing at #enguri bridge, #Abkhazia region, #Georgia as already difficult movement acr #occupationline banned & their life important needs compomised! Again and ever increasingly! Pressures are immense beyond #barbedwirefences #HumanRights pic.twitter.com/BmdCYG31kY— Keti Tsikhelashvili (@TsikhelashviliK) June 29, 2019
De facto Abkhaizan leadership announced that the “entry of foreign citizens from the territory of Georgia, as well as the departure of citizens of the Republic of Abkhazia to the territory of Georgia” will be restricted for an undefined period of time amid recent protest rallies throughout Georgia.
However, Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani said the issue will be raised at the next round of the Geneva International Discussions on July 2-3.