US State Department Deputy Spokesman Vedant Patel said the United States may take additional steps in connection with the resumption of flights between the Russian Federation and Georgia. Mr. Patel made a remark in response to a question about whether Washington is preparing additional sanctions in connection with the relevant decision of Moscow.
“If there are direct flights between Russia and Georgia, this will be of increasing concern not only to the United States and other Western countries, but also to international companies that operate at Georgian airports and serve aircraft,” a State Department spokesman said during the briefing.
Washington considers the current moment to be inopportune to intensify interaction with the Russian Federation, Mr. Patel recalled. “We will continue to monitor the situation and take additional steps as necessary. So far, I have nothing to announce,” he concluded.
Earlier, the need for Georgia to strictly comply with sanctions against the Russian aviation industry and not to let Russian planes into its territory was stated by EU representative Peter Stano.
Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted the ban on flights to Georgia for Russian airlines on May 10. At the same time, the President of the Russian Federation canceled the visa regime for Georgian citizens. Georgian Foreign Minister Ilya Darchiashvili supported Russia’s decision to abolish visas and resume flights.
About how air communication with Georgia can be carried out – in the material “Kommersant FM” “Flight Expectations”.