Irakli Kobakhidze: Vladimir Putin probably meant the National Movement, because we have not protested the restoration of direct air traffic

The National Movement handed over 20% of the territory of the country to the Russian Federation, what can be a more Russian step than that, Georgian Dream Chairman Irakli Kobakhidze told journalists.

As he noted, the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, in his statements regarding the flights, probably meant the National Movement, because the Government did not protest the restoration of direct air traffic.

"Actually, Putin said that he was surprised by the protests from people who had themselves demanded such a move. There was no protest from our side. As you know, we mentioned that it is important for our citizens to resume flights and this was our position. When Putin spoke about those who had demanded the restoration of flights earlier and visa-free regime, then protested against all this, apparently, he meant the National Movement. We remember that when the National Movement was in power, it actively demanded the restoration of flights, I am talking about 2009. We have not protested, so he did not mean us. Probably, he meant them. He said that he was surprised by the protest from those who had demanded it. It was the National Movement that protested. More than a year after the end of the Russian-Georgian war, Saakashvili actively worked to restore direct flights and establish visa-free travel for Russians. Shortly after the Russian-Georgian war, Saakashvili unilaterally lifted the visa regime for Russian citizens. These are the open and secret negotiations of Saakashvili's Government, which he had with Putin's Government after the Russian-Georgian war. The transfer of 20% to the Russian Federation by Saakashvili was a Russian move. The National Movement handed over 20% of the territory of the country to the Russian Federation, what can be a more Russian step than that. This was an action carried out by the National Movement", Kobakhidze said.

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