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Georgian border guards did not let citizens of Dagestan into the country2011-01-20 17:11
Despite the Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili's decree on the introduction of a visa-free regime for the citizens of the North Caucasus, local border guards did not let a couple from Dagestan into the country.gt-en-newsitem-inside
According to RIA Novosti, citizen of Dagestan Ali Khazbulatov and wife were going to visit his friends in Kazbegi; however, they were stopped by Georgian customs officers. The document checkup at the Russian frontier went on smoothly, however.
According to Khazbulatov, the ban was imposed because he could not remember the telephone number of those whom the husband and wife were going to visit. "We haven't been to Georgia for 20 years already; we wanted to go there just for one day, find our friends and learn about how they live now... We named their first, second and middle names but the border guards answered that they did not have to know the whole Georgia. We even suggested that they escort us", - Khazbulatov told us.
"It means that either the Georgian president's decree is not complied with, or the statements about the visa-free regime are purely declarative. If it were not so, I would have crossed the frontier", - he also added.
Let us remind you that a visa-free regime has been introduced in Georgia for the people of the North Caucasus in October 2010. Georgia is open for Russian citizens from North-Caucasian republics: Chechnya, Ingushetia, North Ossetia, Dagestan, Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachay-Cherkessia and Adygeya.
Georgian MIA reminds that a visa-free entrance to Georgia and a stay up to 90 days requires a document confirming one's residence.
It should also be noted that Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze has stated that the government's decision on canceling the visa-free regime for the people of the North Caucasus will enhance relationship between Tbilisi and Moscow.
"The Georgian authorities' decision is neither propaganda, nor a provocative act. That's a reasoned step that will serve the essential interests of the people in the North Caucasus", - he said.
In its turn, Russian party responded negatively to Tbilisi's initiative. Head of Russian MFA Sergey Lavrov called the Georgian government's decision "another step of Tbilisi's propaganda". "In the context of relationship between civilized partners, it is customary to discuss such things on a mutual basis", - underlined the foreign minister of RF.