Occupied Abkhazia restricts movement on Enguri Bridge crossing point

  • Only Russian citizens are allowed to enter the occupied region despite the recent restrictions. Photo: Erik Hoeg

Agenda.ge, 26 Feb 2020 - 00:03, Tbilisi,Georgia

De facto authorities of the Russian occupied Georgian region of Abkhazia have imposed restrictions on the Enguri Bridge, which is the only crossing point connecting the region with the rest of Georgia.

The “acting president” of Abkhazia Valeri Bganba advised the locals not to travel out of the region amid the threat of the new coronavirus. Moreover, only Russian citizens will be allowed to enter the region until April 7 inclusive. 

Reportedly, occupied Abkhazia is expecting to receive coronavirus test from the Russian town of Novosibirsk. 

Georgia has suspended directs flights with China and Iran amid the recent outbreak of the China-born COVID-19. However, the Georgian National Centre for Disease Control recently reported that the country still remains in the low-risk zone.

Meanwhile, occupied Abkhazia is preparing for the "presidential elections" on March 22 as its former de facto leader Raul Khajimba resigned in mid-January amid the large-scale protest.