Putin is against the introduction of sanctions against Georgia
Russia’s lower house of parliament voted Tuesday to urge the government to impose restrictions on economic ties with Georgia
/NOVOSTIVL/ Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday took a step toward cooling tensions with Georgia, rejecting calls for new economic sanctions. This article appeared in the Associated Press.
Relations between the two neighbors dipped to a new low last month, following anti-Russian protests in the Georgian capital sparked by a Russian lawmaker’s appearance at the country’s parliament. Putin ordered a ban on direct flights between the two countries, citing security concerns for Russian holidaymakers - a measure that took effect Monday.
Tensions escalated further on Sunday when a host on Georgia’s independent Rustavi 2 television station unleashed a stream of profanities about Putin and his parents in a live broadcast.
Georgian officials quickly denounced the rant, describing it as another attempt by the opposition to deepen the rift with Moscow, but Russia’s lower house of parliament voted Tuesday to urge the government to impose restrictions on economic ties with Georgia.
Senior lawmakers specifically called for halting money transfers from Georgians living in Russia and for banning imports of Georgian wine and mineral water.
Putin, however, showed willingness to assuage tension.
"I wouldn’t do it out of my respect for the Georgian people," Putin said in televised remarks. "For the sake of restoring full-fledged ties, I wouldn’t do anything that would exacerbate our relations".