Markov: Georgia will not be able to enrapture the Russian tourists
RF State Duma deputy Sergei Markov is sure that the initiative of the Georgian authorities to facilitate entry into the territory of the republic of Russian citizens do not pose a threat to Moscow's interests.
As the "Echo of the Caucasus" reported, Markov is sure that a guests of Georgia will unlikely admire reforms carried out by the current authorities of the state. "Georgia is not thriving as much, as Saakashvili wants to submit. My students who has just returned from there told me that they have never seen so many beggars as in Georgia. There's a serious social stratification, and people live very poorly. Closure of the Russian market for Georgian producers of vegetables, fruit and wine particularly struck by the average Georgian citizen. This, of course, is increasing irritation of people" - said Markov.
"Of course there are good examples, such as police reform, but these reforms have been are subtly for tourist - he does not interfere with the police a lot. Therefore, the initiative of the Georgian authorities do not pose a threat to Moscow's interests" - he added.
Recall, that the Georgian parliament has recently approved new rules for crossing the Georgian-Russian border checkpoint at Kazbegi-Upper Lars, under which all Russian citizens who are not residents of the North Caucasian republics, will be able to obtain a visa on the spot.
Previously, non-visa regime was applied only for inhabitants of the Russian North Caucasus republics, other Russians could not get into Georgia through Upper Lars. Before traveling to Georgia Russian citizens had to obtain visas in the country's embassy in Moscow or at the airport in Tbilisi.
However, from July 2, Russian citizens from every region of the Russian Federation will be able to easily obtain a visa directly at the checkpoint "Upper Lars" and legally enter the country through this checkpoint.