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Belarus to cut Georgian line

2011-04-01 14:27

15358.jpegThe Customs Union member states are unifying the passport and visa regime. Accordingly, Belarus may soon close the border for Georgians. These are Moscow's intrigues, as Tbilisi politologists immediately announced. In reality, Georgia is not the only country to be affected by the changes. In addition to Minsk, Georgian citizens will be denied access to Astana. Yet, the citizens of Georgia, the country of most successful reforms in the post-Soviet space, are much less interested in the Kazakh direction. Two most popular escape routes from Saakashvili's paradise (to Russia and to the West) run through Belarus - "Batka's patrimony".


Yesterday Georgian ministry of foreign affairs failed to console Georgian journalists alarmed by the news on prompt introduction of a visa regime with Belarus. "At this stage we cannot comment on the issue", - the ministry's press service stated.

It was first deputy head of Belarusian state border service Andrey Gorulko who gave bitter food for thought to Georgians. He said the problem within the united customs area of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan had already been considered at the level of the ministry of foreign affairs. Three states were discussing it in March and plan to renew the subject in summertime.

The Belorussian official highlighted that absence of a visa regime is a big problem since Georgian illegal emigrants go to Russia via Belarus using the open Russian-Belarussian border. "This is a political issue, first of all", - he added.

Georgian experts immediately accused Russia of dirty intrigues. Irakli Sesiashvili expressed regret that Russia has such a strong influence on Georgian-Belarussian relations. But as he added, these things usually take place in non-democratic states like Belarus and Georgia unable to guarantee stability of their foreign policy. The expert emphasized that not leaders, but the population will suffer facing new problems and visa expenses. "This all will reduce air passenger turnover between the countries and set bounds to relationships making a negative impact on economic relations", - the expert added.

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