Russia willing to restore air links with Georgia when ‘aggressive channel’ is resolved

    Russia‘s Press Secretary to the President Dmitry Peskov reported Russia will only restore air links with Georgia when it is clear that there will be no resumption of the “aggressive channel” in relations between the countries (TASS, 04-Oct-2019). Mr Peskov added that what is needed is patience to “fix the moment that will be suitable for the resumption of air traffic”. Georgia‘s Representative of the Prime Minister for relations with Russia Zurab Abashidze reported there are positive signs that the political relationship between Georgia and Russia has stabilised, and the Russian ban on air traffic between the two countries could be resolved (Izvestia, 04-Oct-2019). Mr Abashidze said if Russia “decides to resume flights, we will only welcome this”.