Source Pravda.Ru

Resumption of Air Traffic between Russia and Georgia Goes Hard

Russia has authorised the first direct flights from the Georgian capital of Tbilisi since the two countries' brief war in August 2008, the transport ministry said.

"The decision was taken to authorise Georgian Airways company charter flights on December 29 and 30," said a ministry statement cited by agencies.

The flights would serve Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

Direct flights have been suspended since the two countries went to war over the Russian-backed separatist Georgian region of South Ossetia.

The ministry had also asked the Georgian airline about its transport needs for charter flights between January 5 and 10, which are public holidays in Russia.

But Georgian Airways, which last week had asked Russia to lift its flights embargo, said that no charter flights would be done on December 29 and 30.

"As we have obtained the authorization too late, we will not have the time to organise flights tomorrow and the day after tomorrow," Georgian Airways' spokeswoman Nino Girgobiani told reporters.

"The charter flights will be launched between January 6 and 25, from Tbilisi to Moscow and Saint-Petersburg," Girgobiani said.

But they had not received a Russian response concerning regular flights, she added.

Moscow's announcement was the latest sign of an easing of tension in relations between the two countries.

On Thursday, Georgia and Russia announced they had agreed to re-open their land border to traffic.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev hinted at a thaw in relations with Georgia this month, saying he saw "no obstacles" to opening the border crossing and resuming flights between Russia and Georgia.

Russia cut air links with Georgia during the war, only four months after they had resumed following an 18-month embargo.

AFP has contributed to the report.

Representatives of the North Korean administration issued a statement saying that the United States and its allies have lost the "political and military confrontation" to the DPRK

North Korea declares victory over USA

Putin made his first public comment on the subject of the recent decision of US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

Putin makes first comment on Trump's Jerusalem decision
Comments
Putin's remarks about collection of biomaterials may bury genetics
Russia to rebuild its former Soviet naval base in Syria's Tartus
Russia to rebuild its former Soviet naval base in Syria's Tartus
North Korea declares victory over USA
Kim Jong-un's tactic of hard power teaches USA lesson of obedience
The need for a Global Political Agenda 2018
Russia on the eve of another Crimea referendum
USA to try to arrange color revolution in Venezuela
Putin in Egypt: Who's the big player in the Middle East?
It was US and UK that sank Russia's Kursk submarine
Turkey's Erdogan urges others to recognise Jerusalem as capital of Palestine
Russia to rebuild its former Soviet naval base in Syria's Tartus
Putin in Egypt: Who's the big player in the Middle East?
Russia to rebuild its former Soviet naval base in Syria's Tartus
Putin in Egypt: Who's the big player in the Middle East?
Putin in Egypt: Who's the big player in the Middle East?
Putin in Egypt: Who's the big player in the Middle East?
Putin: Russia is ready to launch direct air communication with Egypt
Russia works on MiG-41 doomsday fighter jet
Russia works on MiG-41 doomsday fighter jet
Russia works on MiG-41 doomsday fighter jet