One-way visa regime with Russia
01 March, 2012
One-way visa regime with Russia

Submitting Photos  of Prosperous  Ministers to President

Georgia would unilaterally remove visa requirements for citizens of the Russian Federation “to give more chance to the peace.  Besides, MP Giorgi Tsagareishvili, member of the Unity for Justice faction, attempted to return Mikheil Saakashvili to reality and handed him photos of his prosperous ministers

President Saakashvili said during his annual state of the nation address in the Parliament on February 28, that Georgia would unilaterally remove visa requirements for citizens of the Russian Federation

“to give more chance to the peace.”

 

In October, 2010 Georgia allowed 90-day visa-free travel for Russian citizens registered as residents of Russia’s republics in the North Caucasus, while other Russian citizens are able to obtain the visa upon arrival in Georgia.

“While deepening close ties with the West we are at the same time interested in improving relations with Russia. We know it is not easy, but Russia is and will always be our neighbor, which determines our desire to have peace with [Russia], but it can be peace with such Russia, which recognizes and complies with all the international legal norms of relations between two sovereign countries,” Saakashvili said.

He said that WTO deal with Russia was a good example that “it is possible to reach a result even” with Russia “if you stand firm on your principles.”

“We welcome economic ties with Russia. So we are ready to give more chance to the peace and we put forth new initiative of lifting visa regime with Russia unilaterally,” Saakashvili said.

“Let every Russian businessman know that they can come to Georgia, invest in Georgia, make business in Georgia, employ people in Georgia and they will be protected here like any other representative of other countries… Let Russian tourists know that they arrive here at any time,” he said, adding that in Georgia no one would “ban them from drinking Georgian wine and Borjomi, which they miss so much”. Russia banned import of Georgian wine and mineral waters in 2006.

MP Giorgi Tsagareishvili, member of the Unity for Justice faction, attempted to return Mikheil Saakashvili to reality and handed him photos of his prosperous ministers. According to Tsagareishvili, the Parliament listened to the last speech from the President today.

 

Tsagareishvili said that he wants to return Saakashvili back to reality at the end of his carrier. He reminded the President how he started: he used to accuse members of Shevardnadze’s government of corruption, supporting his charges with the photos of their houses.

According to Tsagareishvili, Saakashvili claims that oil prices have increased in Georgia due to the world developments, while in fact Saakashvili fixes the prices himself.

‘Increase of prices, including bread price, is the result of monopoly’, the MP said, adding that bread is the only food for the greater part of Georgian population, while meat has become a delicacy for them.

The MP presented photos of the houses of Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili, former Defecne Minister Davit Kezerashvili and Supreme Court Chairman Kote Kublashvili.

Tsagareishvili also talked about Tbilisi Mayor Gigi Ugulava, saying he imposed new rubbish removal  taxes and thus pocketed millions of Lari belonging to our citizens in the hardest winter.

The MP mentioned Koba Subeliani, Minister of Resettlement and Refugees as well, stressing that he does  not care about conditions of IDPs.

‘As for the Defense Minister Bacho Akhalaia; a veteran of armed forces was tortured to death at the Defense Ministry. Khatuna Kalmakheldize, Minister of Correction and Legal Assistance has boosted the death rate in prison to an unbelievable quantity. 77 prisoners died in the first half of last year alone’, Tsagareishvili said.

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