De facto Tskhinvali gov’t temporarily closes so-called border with Georgia

The so-called border will be reopened early on September 6. Photo:  Nino Alavidze/, 03 Sep 2019 - 13:18, Tbilisi,Georgia

The de facto State Security Committee of Georgia’s eastern Russian-occupied Tskhinvali region has announced a temporary closure of the so-called border with Georgia between September 4-6.

The agency reports that the “temporary measure” comes because of festive events dedicated to the Day of Knowledge - the first day of school. 

The border with Georgia will be closed at 8 pm on September 4 and will be reopened on September 6 at 6 am,” the agency says.

Tbilisi says that the closure of the so-called border creates problems for locals, who are unable to visit the rest of the country to meet their everyday necessities.

The closure makes everyday lives of locals more complicated and makes the situation tensed on the ground," the Georgian State Security Service stated earlier today, adding that a hot line has been activated regarding the issue. 

Russia, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Nauru and Syria have recognised the two regions of Georgia, Abkhazia and Tskhinvali, as independent regions after the Russia-Georgia 2008 war, while the rest of the international community is unanimous that the regions are occupied by Russia.