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Easter flights2010-03-31 00:12
Russia and Georgia agreed to resume air communication between the countries for Easter time. The Transport ministry sanctioned charter flights from Tbilisi to Moscow and back operated by Georgian Airways. This is the second time when two states get closer by sky. Does that mean flights will soon be resumed in full?
As we know direct flights between Russia and Georgia were cancelled in 2006 after aggravation of relations between two countries. In 2008 flights were restarted to be cancelled again after hostilities in August 2008 in Caucasus.
At the end of last year Georgia already asked to resume flights for New Year's period after air communication was interrupted in the aftermath of the war.
Ice moved after Dmitry Medvedev's reply given to a Georgian journalist at the fourth Euro-Asian media forum in Moscow that Mikheil Saakashvili's sins must not affect Georgian people. "More than once did I say that I'm not going to contact with current president and some other top-ranking officials. We're going our separate ways now and the way we assess the events is far too different. I believe that president Saakashvili is legally responsible for the committed crime but that does not mean we must postpone all other relations for the future. There is centuries-long friendship between our nations, a special history", - the Russian leader said then.
The Russian president's statements were not condemned in the capital of Georgia: President Mikheil Saakashvili welcomed the Kremlin's decision. As the president's spokesperson said, Georgian government is ready to resume air communication.
Then it was Zurab Nogaideli who made several visits to Moscow to meet Russian diplomats and Georgian diaspora. As a result For Fair Georgia leader promised several charter flights to be organized between Moscow and Tbilisi for the New Year's period. The promise was fulfilled in the end.
Later there were a few proposals to resume flights with Georgia from representatives of Russian authorities. In February Russian FM Sergey Lavrov remarked that despite lack of any contacts with president Saakashvili Moscow does not cut ties with the Georgian side and is ready to open air communication. Then Russia's stand was confirmed by Russian FM Spokesman Andrey Nesterenko.