Russian Deputy FM: no threats for now to Russian tourists in Georgia

Russian Deputy FM Gregory Karasin says that the ban on direct flights to Georgia was not a sanction, it was an “adequate response” to developments in Tbilisi. Photo: frontnews., 04 Jul 2019 - 13:05, Tbilisi,Georgia

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gregory Karasin says that Russian tourists face no threats for now in Georgia.

 However, irresponsible statements might cause threats,” Ria Novosti cited Karasin as saying, responding to the rallies in Tbilisi which were sparked after a Russian MP took the seat of the Georgian parliamentary speaker on June 20, during the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy.

Karasin says that "destructive forces" create anti-Russian mood in Georgia. Photo: Nino Alavidze/

Karasin said that he did not know when Russia will remove the ban on direct flights to Georgia, imposed shortly after Russian MPs were forced to leave Georgia. 

We never raise preconditions. It is dependent on developments [in Tbilisi],” Karasin said.

 Protesters in Tbilisi say that the format of rallies has changed.