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Saakashvili is sure of North-Caucasian citizens’ love for Georgia2011-02-02 17:03
Granting the right of a visa-free entrance into the territory of Georgia to the citizens of North-Caucasian republics significantly improved the attitude of the regional residents towards the Georgian state. This was stated by Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili.gt-en-newsitem-inside
As was reported by VZGLYAD, Saakashvili reported that the right to come to Georgia after the visa cancellation was already enjoyed by 40 thousand citizens of the North-Caucasian republic. "It improved the attitude to Georgia in the North Caucasus", - Saakashvili is sure.
Let us remind you that since October 2010, a visa-free regime has been introduced in Georgia for the people of the North Caucasus. Georgia is opened for Russian citizens from such North-Caucasian republics as 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.
Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze has stated that the decision taken by the country's authorities on visa regime cancellation for the people of the North Caucasus will assist the Tbilisi-Moscow relations.
"The decision of the Georgian authorities is neither propaganda, nor provocation. It is a well-judged step that serves the interests of the people in the North Caucasus", - he said.
In its turn, Russian party negatively responded to Tbilisi's initiative. Head of Russian MFA Sergey Lavrov characterized the Georgian authorities' decision as "another propagandistic step of Tbilisi's". "It is customary to discuss such things on a mutual basis in the context of relationship set up by civilized partners", - Russian foreign minister remarked.
Let us also underline that there have been incidents at the Russian-Georgian frontier when Georgian border guards did not let the citizens of the North-Caucasian republics into the country even despite the necessary documents being available.